Global citizens choose to engage in electronic business every second of the day. The Internet has allowed for businesses to remain constantly open. All over the world people are able to conduct business quickly and cost effectively. Although the use of the Internet has significant benefits, there are also a number of risks. Most importantly there is a risk of the breach of personal security. This paper will use a patchwork design that consists of a case study and survey techniques to collect data on the use of business technologies by faculty and students at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Each group will be issued the same survey to show the varying levels of participation in electronic business. Post collection, I propose that the data will show that although the majority of the RIT community engages in electronic business regularly, they remain concerned as to whether their information is being secured. I argue that both groups of faculty and students would like to see more federal involvement in electronic business to protect the average citizens' personal privacy rights.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Electronic commerce--Government policy--United States; Internet--Government policy--United States; Privacy, Right of--United States; Internet--Security measures--United States

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Department of Science Technology and Society/Public Policy (CLA)


Foltz, Franz

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Angelis, John

Advisor/Committee Member

Smith, Danielle


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