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This chapter examines some ethical concerns involving cyberstalking in general and the Amy Boyer case in particular. An ethical hot spot in which implanted chips can provide enormous benefits but put all at risk is control. Respect for the agency of others is a hallmark of ethics. Implanted computer chips hold great promise for both giving and taking away human agency. Computer ethics arises in response to what James H. Moor, a noted computer ethicist at Dartmouth, has called a policy vacuum. Although the area of computer ethics covers a wide range of topics, many of the specific issues fall into one or more of several major categories: privacy, ownership of information, and security. The therapy versus enhancement distinction suggests a basis for a policy that would limit unnecessary computer implants. Simply put, ethical theory and computer implants may affect each other. The human body is the ultimate platform from which to launch new computer applications.