SWEDEN

ACM SIGCAS

Computers and Society June 1994 Vol 24 No 2 p 15

From: Dahlbom, B., and L. Mathiassen, "A Scandinavian View on the ACM's Code of Ethics"

In Scandinavia, ethics (especially when compared to politics) has played a minor role in our professional discussions. There are, however, a few examples of codes of ethics formulated by specific organizations. What follows shows such a code agreed upon in 1991 by three Swedish trade unions organizing computing personnel ("Etik for datafolk" by SIF, SBmf and FTF; our translation). On a more general level, codes of ethics have not played any significant role in the education of computer professionals in Scandinavia, and the national computing societies have not adopted codes of professional conduct.

Swedish Ethical Rules for Computer Professionals

1. Computer professionals onlv perform tasks that acknowledge legitimate integrity claims and are in accordance with common under standing of law.
2. Computer professionals onlv participate in development tasks, the objectives ancl context of which have been made explicit.
3. Computer professionals onlv take part in projects with the time and resources assigned that make it possible to do a good joh.
4. Computer professionals onlv develop systems in close collaboration with the user.
5. Computer professionals show respect for, and contribute to the development of, the professional competence of the users.
6. Computer professionals develop systems that use technologv in such a way as to satisfy the interests of the users.
7. Computer professionals develop systems that bring about good work environments.
8. Computer professionals refrain from tasks aiming at control in wa,vs that can be of harm to individuals.
9. Computer professionals keep themselves informed about laws and agreements related to their work and thev participate activelv in disseminating knowledge about computing activities violating such laws and agreements.
10. Computer professionals only access data required to perform their job.
11. Computer professionals feel responsible for ensuring that computer technology is not used in wavs that harm people, the environment, or society.


Entered 94/10/05
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