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The Computer Misuse Act 1990

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Legal Directory The Computer Misuse Act 1990 The Computer Misuse act is in place to prevent users using computers in an abusive way to the owner, whether this is a single owner or business/organisation. It covers activities such as hacking & viruses E.g. Trojans & Worms. The act applies to all users of computers in a business/organisation or single user. There are no obligations by an organisation to comply with the act. However, there must be sufficient evidence that such an offence has been committed. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 This act governs the rules under which it is legal to spy on someone * Tape their phone * Open their mail * Bug their home, office or vehicle * Intercept email * Monitor web usage. The act is in place to protect the rights of humans by public authorities, so they cannot be unlawfully harassed or disturbed. However, if a warrant is issued then authorities have the right to do the needful. In the event of a warrant being issued all communication service providers (CSP's) may also be obliged to provide the necessary assistance in giving effect to an interception warrant. The CSP's may also be obliged to maintain permanent access for the authorities. Data Protection Act 1998 The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force 1st March 2000. The act is concerned with processing personnel information (bank details, National Insurance Numbers, Tax Information etc) ...read more.

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The Human rights act 2000 cannot be directly enforced. However, if there is reason to believe that your basic rights have been breached and there is evidence to prove this then the case can be brought to court. Access to Health Records Act 1990 The act allows patients & close relatives to access health records being "consists of information relating to the physical or mental health of an individual who can be identified from that and other information in the possession of the holder of the record" Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Under the above act it is deemed an offence for an individual to be involved in arrangements that have indications of being of assistance to another person in "acquiring retaining, using or controlling the proceeds of crime" Anyone that suspects that any type of criminal activity is going on e.g. Money Laundering is under obligation to report this to the firm's money laundering officer. The officer would then report this to the governing agency. If this was a money laundering offence then the governing body would be the National Crime Intelligence service (NCIS). Money Laundering Regulations 2003 The act is concerned with an individual trying to launder money through a financial organisation e.g. bank, building society, estate agency. If a person is found guilty of carrying out such a crime then they can be sentenced for up to 14 years. ...read more.

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It has been written in a style that was difficult for a native speaker to clearly understand. www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk This was the next site that I used fairly concisely. I felt that it was the easiest site to use and probably my favourite out of all the sites that I used. The Information was very easy to understand as it was written in a clear and concise way. The acts that it helped me with the most were The Freedom of Information act 2000 and The Data Protection Act 1998. These two acts were clearly explained and examples were given. www.hm-treasury.gov.uk Although I did not use this site as much as I used the other two sites, this site helped me a fair amount with two legislations in particular. These were: Money Laundering Regulations 2003 & Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The HM-treasury website is a financial Information site, the above two legislations are financially linked, which is why the site gave in depth information about the legislations. http://europa.eu.int/eur The final website that would be of use would be one to do with EU(European Union) rules and regulations. The United Kingdom is a member state of the EU, therefore must go by what rules and regulations are set by the EU. Although I did not use this site a deal, it always came up when acts or regulations were inputted into the search engine. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prasad Perera 2102875 ...read more.

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