• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Data Protection Act

Extracts from this document...


Data Protection Act There are many laws and acts that have been passed since the introduction of ICT to the mainstream audience; these exist to maintain the safety and efficiency of computer and internet use. These laws are applied in many different locations such as in the workplace, school, colleges, universities and public places such as libraries or internet cafes. These laws are important as they ensure that the general well being of their computer presence is kept sustained. This unifying of the law and ICT has brought about several laws and acts that have been introduced at different times, these include: 1. Data protection act 2. Computer misuse act 3. Copyright, design and patents act 4. Health and safety at work act Other regulations: 1. EU 2. Internet code of practice 3. The regulation of inventory powers act (2000) The Data Protection Act The data protection act was first passed in 1984 and in 1998. It was made to accommodate for the growing amount of personal information on all the computer and the possible illegal misuse of that information. This law include all "data subjects", or any person with data about them stored on a computer and gives them any organisation's data. There are eight rules made by the data protection act. They say that any data held about a person must be: 1. ...read more.


This is so if they breach the code then the company can't be prosecuted. Also when making an account then you are asked weather hotmail can share information with third person parties. If you don't check the box then hotmail cannot legally send information. Hotmail also has to say what they are going to do with the information. They will say this in the terms and conditions screen. Evaluation The data protection act protects How Legislation Affects a Working Adult In nearly all workplaces today ICT is used today. It used for computers, servers, printers and fax machines. Now because of all these different technologies there are now many laws. My dad Paul Fairburn has to follow these rules and stay on the right side of the law. If he doesn't then he may risk losing his job. The main law that affect my dad is health and safety. Health and Safety act at work The health and safety at work act (1974) is the main piece of health and safety legislation. When my dad enters his workplace he gets a talk about the rules and safety of the workplace. This would include things like the route to the fire escape. There are many different rules for the manager needs to follow. ...read more.


This means that even if the hacker gets into the computer then they would then to decipher the information to make it readable. The use of computer to hold all the information instead of it being written is much more secure. It is more secure because there are more ways to protect the data than a four digit code. It also has its downsides though because it means that the data can be hacked. Evaluation I think that blockbuster does a good job of protecting the data with their strict rules. Also the data is quickly deleted to make sure nothing happens to it. Blockbuster only asks for the relevant data meaning nothing is unnecessarily taken and risked being misused. The workers only have access to a limited amount of things so that dishonest workers can't breach the data protect act and risk the law. Lots of other technology is used to help make sure the data isn't misused like CCTV cameras and firewalls. Also if the computer is left logged on then anybody can access the data. This can be stopped by a self locking system meaning that when the computer is left for a long time it locks itself and only a password can unlock it. The data protection act has a large effect on the community because it ensures that the data is not misused by anyone. The computers are only installed with the basic so the computer isn't slowed down ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Legislation & The Legal Framework section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Legislation & The Legal Framework essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    The Data Protection Act

    4 star(s)

    This means that an adult at work is reassured that she knows that her personal information will not be misused. She also sees specialists in regards to her blindness. These specialists also hold personal information about her, but the Data Protection Act ensures that this information is not shared or misused.

  2. Discussing legislation - Data Protection act, Copyright, Computer Misuse, Health and Safety at Work ...

    It helps her as there are some laws which prevent people making problems and if she can not control it the law would be able to tell her the laws she has. The Data Protection act 4. Data should not be kept for longer than is necessary for the specified purpose 5.

  1. Data Protection Act

    Under the provision of the act a person can find out the information which is held on him and her by: - referring to the Data Protection Register ( a copy held in all major libraries) which lists all holders of data - writing to the holder and asking for

  2. The Data Protection Act 1998 - questions and answers

    be for one year periods and the fees have yet to be announced. What are the data protection principles? There are eight data protection principles which data controllers have to observe. These are: Personal data must be produced fairly and lawfully.

  1. The legislation that protects individuals and groups from the misuse of ICT

    does give permission to certain authorities, as mentioned within the above paragraph, but it does also make it illegal for anybody other than the intended recipient to read other peoples post or email, or intercept and listen to phone calls, without the appropriate prior permission.

  2. 3E-The legislation that protects individuals and groups from the misuse of ICT

    The law creates and impact upon her because the data protection act is enforced at her work place and at her home on her very own computer where data is stored. The legislation protects Maria Korelli because with the act in place, her personal information stored by the administrations staff

  1. Leaflet design for Finding Nemo.

    Making sure my work is safe I have set up a named unique named folder on the network just for my I.T work. On my documents, I just created a new folder, called it Coursework1A, and store all my coursework in it.

  2. Privacy and Data Protection: IT Law

    right to informational privacy as a fundamental right is not acknowledged in the US.7 The data-processing industry argues against such a right by citing the Bill of Rights itself: The First Amendment, that guarantees free speech is often invoked as an argument, why the European approach would not work in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work