1l. Do you personally know of anyone who has been charged for nonwork, that is, private Internet use by the employer?
Privacy and Security in Commerce
Your friend is “visiting” a large insurance firm's Internet/Web site and browses through the firm's information about its insurance services. Accident insurance covering the risk incurred of such sports as bungee jumping, mountain climbing, sky diving, and so forth, is described with very attractive rates, available only to clients on the Internet. Because your friend regularly goes sky diving, he or she decides to sign up for this insurance. Some basic information has to be provided (e.g., age, gender, marital status, address, profession, email address) as well as basic data about one's health and any previous accidents one may have had. Your friend is approved and receives the insurance policy by mail within 5 days.
A month later your friend tries to get a mortgage to finance the purchase of his or her dream house. But at the bank, he or she is informed that due to participating in “high risk” sports, the bank requires your friend to take out an additional insurance policy that will be used to pay off the mortgage in case of serious accident or death. Your friend is surprised that the bank knows about his or her sport habits because he or she was not asked to provide such information anywhere on the loan application.
After inquiring with the loan officer, your friend is told that the bank owns the insurance firm that offered your friend insurance covering the sky diving risk and that the group of companies uses one customer database (insurance policy and loan data).
For additional information on the research program, please see the list of publications below.
Gattiker, U. E. (December, 1994). Im Cyberspace-Café. Bräuche und Missbräuche auf dem Information-Highway (The Cyberspace coffee-shop. Use and misuse on the information highway). Tüte - Tübinger Termine (Special Edition on Daniel Foucault), 46–50.
Gattiker, U. E., & Kelley, H. (1994). Techno-crime and terror against tomorrow's organisation: What about cyberpunks. E. Raubold and K. Brunnstein (Eds),