Soft ethics: its application to the General Data Protection Regulation and its dual advantage

Philosophy and Technology 31 (1):163-167 (2018)
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In previous works (Floridi 2018) I introduced the distinction between hard ethics (which may broadly be described as what is morally right and wrong independently of whether something is legal or illegal), and soft or post-compliance ethics (which focuses on what ought to be done over and above existing legislation). This paper analyses the applicability of soft ethics to the General Data Protection Regulation and advances the theory that soft ethics has a dual advantage—as both an opportunity strategy and a risk management solution.

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Luciano Floridi
Oxford University


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