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Running head: SOCIAL, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS
Social, Ethical, and Legal Implications
SOCIAL, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS
Ethical, Legal, and Social issues
1. US Market
In the US market, Apple has faced various social, ethical, and legal challenges
including issues of privacy, intellectual property, and environmental sustainability. Privacy
has been a major concern since the company’s public discloser in 2011 indicating that some
of its IPhone features collect data of phone location. Most of its customers as well as US
government officials saw this as unethical because of infringement of one’s privacy. The
company later resolved this issue by providing users with features of adjusting privacy
settings. However, this issue continues facing Apple and other technology companies, and
has attracted high profile political debates.
In the US market, the company also faces an issue of patent and intellectual property.
Apple has customized its products in order to ensure differentiation. Therefore, the company
is keen on guarding and protecting its technologies from theft. This has led to the company
filing various lawsuits against powerful competitors such as Microsoft, citing that they are
copying its product designs. Intellectual property theft has also been a key concern for the
company. The company focuses on keeping its information a secr...