Journal of Mass Media Ethics 11 (4):210 – 222 (1996)
AbstractThe rise of computer-assisted journalism coincides with increasing public concerns about individual privacy, especially in the realm of information stored in electronic databases. This article contends that journalists (a) need to be more receptive to privacy concerns, and (b) need to reassure the public they will be sensitive in dealing with private information contained in electronic databases. The author calls for creation of a Code of Information Practices that could guide journalists in making decisions about usingprivate information in electronicformat. Such a code might help persuade the public to be more receptive to journalists' arguments over the need for access to records and information.
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