What Is the Importance of Computer Ethics?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 13, 2020 1:13:24 PM ET

Computer ethics essentially protect individuals online from predation: they prevent breach of privacy, identify theft, interference with work and unlawful use of proprietary software, among other events. Computer ethics govern the behavior of users online, and date back to 1992. These ethics govern social, financial and legal uses of computers worldwide.

The code of computer ethics, also called the Ten Commandments, instructs users to not harass other users, use computers to spy or use computers to gain access to private information. The ethics prevent the taking of intellectual information without compensation and prevent users from using computing resources without compensation or authorization. The ethics also mandate the use of machines in a manner considerate and respectful of others.