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What is Ethical Risks

Applied Ethics in a Digital World
Outcomes resulting in legal, cultural, economic, or reputational harm to individuals or organizations or that create moral controversies for other reasons.
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Ethical Benefits and Drawbacks of Digitally Informed Consent
Wendy Charles (BurstIQ, USA) and Ruth Magtanong (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8467-5.ch008
As organizations steadily adopt remote and virtual capabilities, informed consent processes are increasingly managed by digital technologies. These digital methods are generating novel opportunities to collect individuals' permissions for use of private information but are blurring traditional boundaries of consent communication and documentation. Therefore, the rapid growth of digital technologies used for informed consent as well as the sheer volume of data resulting from electronic data capture are generating complex questions about individual engagement and data practices. This chapter presents emerging risks, benefits, and ethical principles about digital informed consent methods and technologies. For the areas where digital informed consent creates ethical uncertainties, ethical guidelines and user-design recommendations are provided.
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