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Integrity - use of values or principles to guide action in the situation at hand.

Below are links and discussion related to the values of freedom, hope, trust, privacy, responsibility, safety, and well-being, within business and government situations arising in the areas of security, privacy, technology, corporate governance, sustainability, and CSR.

DRM and the False Privacy of Email [May. 03, 2004], 5.5.04

O'Reilly Network by David Sklar

Gmail detractors who are upset that non-Gmail subscribers who send a message to gmail.com will have their messages involuntarily scanned by the Gmail ad-bot are operating under a seductively misleading understanding of the "privacy" of email.

The key element here to understand, and I can't reinforce this enough, is that once you have sent an e-mail you have lost control of it. NEVER send an unencrypted e-mail that you wouldn't be prepared to see in a newspaper or have to defend in court.

While you certainly have an expectation of privacy, you need to balance your expectations against the way that the real world works. For anyone with the technical wherewithall, your e-mail is essentially a post card that they can read as it passes by. This is another link between integrity and privacy. If your business communications have integrity, then a loss of privacy, while it may be damaging if it contains proprietary or valuble information, will not be fatal. The same can't be said of people currently convicted as a result of e-mails they wish that they hadn't sent.

I have a right not to be mugged. That doesn't mean I walk the mean streets with hundred dollar bills hanging from my pockets. I have right to privacy, but I bear some responsibility for ensuring that it is possible to be private.


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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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