“Human beings are made in the image of God” (Gen 1:27)

“Human beings are made in the image of God” (Gen 1:27), so they should be treated as unique and special creations, and any organization should exercise compassion, dignity, fairness, and respect for all. This assignment asks students to consider the ethics behind data and its collection. It asks the fundamental question of whether or not it is acceptable for information to be gathered on private citizens for use of a greater purpose.

Information is collected on private citizens, as well as large and small companies. How this information is used has been, and still is, controversial. In 500 words or more, discuss ethics in the use of information with the Edward Snowden leak. Was it ethical for the CIA and other organizations to collect data on these citizens? Was it justified? What might this surveillance have prevented? From the Christian worldview, we are to support and encourage each other (John 13:35; 15:17; Ephesians 4:32). When necessary, we are to admonish and confront each other. If you were the judge for this case, how would you interpret this case, done in love, and with caution about our own shortcomings (Proverbs 27:5; Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1)?