The Moral And Ethical Implications Of Reverse Engineering, Competitive Intelligence, And Corporate Espionage

1663 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
In this paper the writer will consider the moral and ethical implications of reverse engineering, competitive intelligence, and corporate espionage. This is a moral issue because it involves many facets and perspectives in which morality may be derived, justified, or altogether ill applied. Especially with respect to military projects in which corporate secretes may become important, and perhaps from a national security point of view, vital. This issue is relevant, especially in the in the modern age, because of the ease of access in which sensitive material may be gained. It must be noted that corporate espionage and reverse engineering knows no borders. The point of view being used in this analysis is the utilitarian perspective.
Sensitive documents are usually stored in a server, on a cloud, or on a personal computer. All of these can be hacked, or stolen by someone of an adequate skill level. Likewise, proprietary information can be gained from loop holes in existing law. For example law does not regulate or dictate gathering of trash via dumpster diving or simple spying. Many firms have participated in this sort of behavior, and usually in a closed circle fashion. Another case is for open information, in which, adequate data can be derived from product details and sales representatives. The plan here is to engage this topic on a multilevel front. Reverse engineering and espionage can be good for a state security point of view, or even in a unique discovery situation,…

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