First, it creates an unfair competition. The researchers were helping Chestnut Ridge Country Club to conduct a survey to make profit to the company. If the researchers did not disclose the sponsoring organization and the purpose of using the information, other companies’ benefit will be negatively influenced. It is irresponsible to get information from others and uses their information to harm them, which is totally unfair.
Second, it is unethical that the researchers cheated others that they were an independent research firm and gave people a feeling that they did not make any benefit from the research. The research firm worked with Chestnut Ridge Country Club. The club was the client of it, but not the “sponsor”. It is unethical to hide facts which harm other clubs’ benefits.
It is unethical for the boards of directors to release the names of their members in return for a report that analyzes their members’ perceptions toward their own club.
First, it is unethical to disclose their members personal information just for the companies own benefits. The board of director of Alden Country Club originally refused to give information to the researches as that was their obligation to respect the privacy of members. However, when there was benefit of returning a report, they just chanced their mind. It is as clear as crystal that getting benefits for themselves and giving up other people’s right is unethical.
Second, it is unethical and irresponsible to give information to others without knowing the uses of it. The boards of directors of those clubs did not know the uses of their members’ information. It is very dangerous to give information to others without knowing the purpose because this information might be used to do lots of illegal things. The clubs should have the responsibility to protect their customers’ information to make it safe.