Writing -Directions: Applications of Utilitarianism: Act &amp

Directions: Applications of Utilitarianism: Act & RulePlease select one case to write about.In concise and complete sentences (using essay format), explain your ethical reasoning!1. What might an act utilitarian advise you to do in one of the following case scenarios?2. What might a rule utilitarian advise you to do in the same case scenario?3. What would you do in the same case scenario based on your personal code of ethics?1. You are the environmental compliance manager for a profitable, small plastics manufacturingcompany here in Maryland. Previous reports indicate that the factory’s emission levels are justwithin the legal limits. Your office has conducted a new scientific study that predicts the next reportwill show that the emissions levels have surpassed the legal limit. You have some choices to make.The new technology to control emission levels is expensive and could cost your corporation a lot ofmoney – thus resulting in some job cuts for some of your coworkers. One of your staff members saidyou should fudge the report until a cheaper alternative is found within the next year. What do youdo? Apply the principles of utilitarianism in your assessment.2.You are a Director of Customer Services at YourFace. YourFace is the number one socialnetworking site. The company has recently instituted a new policy that allows third party companiesto access all private data of the entire subscriber base of YourFace. Some savvy customers havestarted contacting your office regarding what they are calling a breach of privacy. You are aware thatthese privacy breaches are real. Customer addresses, phone numbers and personal information arebeing given to thousands of companies in exchange for large profits to your company. What do youadvise your staff to do in terms of alerting your users about this breach of privacy? Do you send outa mass message to all users on how to access their privacy settings or do you leave things as theyare? Apply the principles of utilitarianism in your assessment.3.You are the number one car manufacturer in the country. You have just discovered that your latestmodel (The Hipster-which hasn’t been shipped yet) has major brake defects that can cause deadlyaccidents. The requirement is to submit a report and let consumers know that there is a recall afterthe government department has given it’s OK. However, you know from industry contacts that thiswould cost more money than just pretending you didn’t know about the defect. Products have beenheld at customs in this country, and you ask a local agent to investigate. Later you hear the productswere released without any changes and without certification. Should you look further into this event?Why or why not? Apply the principles of utilitarianism in your assessment.One last important note: In all cases listed, if you violate a company policy – you will be fired!

 

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