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Five points each description about equifax  on social, legal, professional and ethical.

1st Sit COURSEWORK Question Paper: Spring Semester 2021

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Module Code: CS5052NI Module Title: Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law

Module Leader: Yunisha Bajracharya (Islington College)

Coursework Type: Individual

Coursework Weight: This coursework accounts for 60% of your total module grades

Submission Date: Week 12

When Coursework is given out:

Week 6

Submission Instructions:

Submit the following to Islington College RTE department before the due date: ● Files should be in .pdf format

Warning: London Metropolitan University and Islington College takes Plagiarism seriously. Offenders will be dealt with sternly.

© London Metropolitan University


Plagiarism Notice

You are reminded that there exist regulations concerning plagiarism.

Extracts from University Regulations on Cheating, Plagiarism and Collusion

Section 2.3: “The following broad types of offence can be identified and are provided as indicative examples.

(i) Cheating: including copying coursework.

(ii) Falsifying data in experimental results.

(iii) Personation, where a substitute takes an examination or test on behalf of the candidate. Both candidate and substitute may be guilty of an offence under these Regulations.

(iv) Bribery or attempted bribery of a person thought to have some influence on the candidate’s assessment.

(v) Collusion to present joint work as the work solely of one individual.

(vi) Plagiarism, where the work or ideas of another are presented as the candidate’s own.

(vii) Other conduct calculated to secure an advantage on assessment.

(viii) (viii) Assisting in any of the above.

Some notes on what this means for students:

(i) Copying another student’s work is an offence, whether from a copy on paper or from a computer file, and in whatever form the intellectual property being copied takes, including text, mathematical notation and computer programs.

(ii) Taking extracts from published sources without attribution is an offence. To quote ideas, sometimes using extracts, is generally to be encouraged. Quoting ideas is achieved by stating an author’s argument and attributing it, perhaps by quoting, immediately in the text, his or her name and year of publication, e.g. ” e = mc2 (Einstein 1905)”. A reference section at the end of your work should then list all such references in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames. (There are variations on this referencing system which your tutors may prefer you to use.) If you wish to quote a paragraph or so from published work then indent the quotation on both left and right margins, using an italic font where practicable, and introduce the quotation with an attribution.

Further information in relation to the existing London Metropolitan University regulations concerning plagiarism can be obtained from http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/academic-regulations


Individual Coursework (Weighting 60% of the module)

Write 3000 words report, in your own words, on the following case study.

Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the US, said on Sept. 7, 2017 that an application vulnerability in one of their websites led to a data breach that exposed about

147.9 million consumers. The breach was discovered on July 29, but the company says

that it likely started in mid-May. The breach compromised the personal information

(including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases drivers’

license numbers) of 143 million consumers, 209,000 consumers also had their credit

card data exposed. That number was raised to 147.9 million in October 2017.

What are the legal, social, ethical, and professional issues relating to the above

scenario? Mention five points in each issue with justification. What measures could

have been taken to minimize the impact of the scandal.

Include in your report:

● Introduction and background of the scandal, include citations in the text (15%)

● Legal issues, include citations in the text (15%)

● Social issues, include citations in the text (15%)

● Ethical issues, include citations in the text (15%)

● Professional issues, include citations in the text (15%)

● Conclusion of the entire scandal and what difference could have been done in

order to minimize the damage (15%).

The final 10% of the marks will be awarded for: essay structure; grammar and

punctuations; proper header and footer; correct spelling; a consistent referencing style,

including stable citations in the text, pictures and an expanded reference section at the

end of the report; as well as the logic and clarity of the arguments (10%)


Include following paragraphs while writing the report

1. Paragraph[s] on Introduction

2. Paragraph[s] on Background of the scandal

3. Paragraph[s] on Legal issues

4. Paragraph[s] on Social issues

5. Paragraph[s] on Ethical issues

6. Paragraph[s] on Professional issues

7. Paragraph[s] on Conclusion

8. Reference[s] following the Harvard Referencing Format Guidelines.

Note: The total word count (3000 words) should include all the paragraphs listed above;

excluding the Referencing section.

Include following formatting guidelines while writing the report

● Appropriate cover page provided in Google classroom

● Table of content with correct page numbering

● Table of figures if any

● Header: Subject name and subject code

● Footer: Student id and page number

● Font: Times New Roman

● Font Color: Black (Automatic) RGB (0,0,0)

● Font Size for heading: 14 Bold

● Font Size for paragraph: 12

● Font Size for Figure naming: 11 Italic

● Line Spacing: 1.5



Criteria Marks

Documentation and Formatting 10

Introduction and background 15

Legal Issue 15

Social Issue 15

Ethical Issue 15

Professional Issue 15

Conclusion 15

Total Marks 100


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