ethical issues in online shopping Essay

1875 Words Oct 24th, 2013 8 Pages
INTRODUCTION Online shopping or online retailing is a form of electronic commerce which allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser. Alternative names are: e-shop, e-store, Internet shop, web-shop, web-store, online store, and virtual store. An online shop evokes the physical analogy of buying products or services at a bricks-and-mortar retailer or shopping center. The process is called business-to-consumer (B2C) online shopping. In the case where a business buys from another business, the process is called business-to-business (B2B) online shopping. The largest of these online retailing corporations are eBay and Amazon.com, both based in the United States. …show more content…
Many Internet companies collect users' personal information as the users navigate through a site. Privacy advocates argue that these efforts violate individuals' privacy rights. On the other hand, online marketers and advertisers suggest that, by recording the likes and dislikes of online consumers, online companies can better serve their users. For example, if one purchases a ticket from Malaysia to England, the travel site might record this transaction. In the future, when a ticket goes on sale for the same flight, the Web site can inform the person. It is true that there are advantages of collecting users' personal information as a marketing tactic and the methods used for collection. Nevertheless, there are thoughtful consequences as well. Consider a different scenario. For instance, in near future, Web sites providing health information to consumers could potentially share this information with third parties. If one visits a Web site and download information on cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases, this information could be distributed without your knowledge or permission. In this case, you could be left without a job.

II. Users' Privacy Protection
Web users are able to take on falsified identities or use software to maintain secrecy on the Web. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has established five Core Fair

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