Code of Ethics of the IPSJ

Code of Ethics of the IPSJ


In recognition of the powerful and pervasive influence of information technologies on society across national borders, and in the hope that information technologies will contribute to society and promote public welfare, we, the members of the Information Processing Society of Japan, shall abide by the following rules of conduct together with any applicable laws and orders in our research, development and use of information technologies.

1. As members of society:

We shall not cause harm to the life, health, safety or property of others.
We shall respect the personhood and privacy of others.
We shall honor intellectual property rights and the fruits of intellectual endeavors of others.
We shall observe the operational standards and rules of information systems, networks, and data.
We shall strive to comply with ethical and sustainable practices.
We shall give due consideration to cultural diversity in society, and treat all persons fairly and with respect, and not engage in discrimination based on characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, national origin, race, or religion.We shall strive to comply with ethical and sustainable practices.
We shall not engage in harassment of any kind, and shall strive to prevent harassment in the activities of the society.
We shall avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious actions, rumors, or any other verbal or physical abuses.
We shall promptly disclose, or notify the stakeholders of, information that might endanger others or the environment.

2. As professionals:

We shall continuously strive to improve our professional competence and put in our best efforts in performing our professional tasks.
We shall honor facts and data.
We shall give due consideration to the influence and risks information technologies may impose upon society and users.
We shall honor contracts and agreements with clients and preserve the confidentiality of clients' privileged information.
We shall avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and shall disclose them to affected parties when they do exist.
We shall avoid unlawful conduct in professional activities, and reject bribery in all its forms.

3. As organizational leaders:

We shall meet the demands of all persons affected by the development and operation of information systems and give due consideration to preserving their dignity.
We shall, in interconnecting different information systems, acknowledge the existence of information systems with differing management policies, and give due consideration to such interconnection not causing harm to any and all individuals.
We shall prepare rules for the proper and appropriate exploitation of resources with respect to the development and operation of information systems, and assume the responsibility of implementing such rules.
We shall provide opportunities to other members of organizations to which we belong to be educated in the principles, limitations and risks of information technologies.
We shall support members in following this code of ethics, strive to ensure the code is upheld, and protect and not retaliate against individuals reporting a violation.


This Code of Ethics will not necessarily be applicable to all situations a member would face, and it may conflict with other codes of ethics governing different areas of research, or it may be unclear which provision(s) hereof should govern in a given situation (including the case where certain provisions hereof conflict with each other with respect to a specific conduct). Therefore, it is the responsibility of each member him or herself to make a determination as to the selection, prioritizing, etc. of the provision(s) hereof which should govern in a specific situation.


  • This Code of Ethics shall come into effect on 20 May, 1996.
  • Revised 27 June, 2022
  • The revision of the Code of Ethics will be decided through resolutions of the Committee of ethics and the Board of Directors.
  • previously know as Code of Ethics of the IPSJ