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

E-commerce - the legal considerations

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

E-commerce - the legal considerations There are lots of legal considerations and I've tried to include some of the main ones. Although e-commerce can mean a lot of things, here I've related it to actually selling items on a website (although a lot of the legal considerations would need to be considered even if you were not selling on the web. Data protection considerations The Data Protection Act lays down lots of rules that must be adhered to. If this is a website for a company that is already trading and keeps customer data then they should already be registered with the Information Commissioner but you may need to review what's been registered. The main points you need to consider is that for any data you collect on the site you must: * Deal fairly with the info * Tell the customer what data you collect * Tell them what you are going to do with it * Keep it safe and secure This should be set out in the website's terms and conditions (and you should link to it at the main point where you collect the data) ...read more.

Middle

Also links should be more descriptive so can be read out of context...eg avoid "click here" * Partially sighted - is a large text version available * Keyboard or voice only users - how easy is it to navigate your site * Deaf people - pardon...have you got audio only content on there Saying all that however its worth noting that at the moment over 90% of websites don't comply with the DDA and interestingly about 50% of the disability organisations' website don't comply either!! DTI regulations The Department of Trade and Industry has a number of regulations for people wanting to sell over the internet. They include * Must show full name of trader, VAT number, Trade associations (as mentioned in terms & conds above) * Clear pricing including any delivery charges * Must acknowledge receipt of the order asap * Allow facility to check and correct before submit * Printable and saveable terms and conditions of sale Dealing with a web agency If an agency is building your site you need to have a website development agreement in place with them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Will your online campaigns support the offline campaigns - are you promoting the same messages and products? E-commerce - advances in technology Improved connection speeds With broadband being rolled out to more and more homes it's now much more convenient and faster to buy online. With a 56k dial up modem shopping at Tesco online could take longer than waiting for one of the overweight checkout assistants at ASDA. Improved speeds also allow for streaming of online video and downloading of music files (users's of Apple's I-Tunes in America have purchased and downloaded over 50 million tracks - new hardware on the market such as the I-Pod is also encouraging this boom. Improved connectivity between companies More companies are linking up online meaning faster services are available to consumers, eg Credit card applications - credit card companies now link-in in real-time to credit reference agencies meaning a customer can apply for a credit card on the web and be approved within minutes Credit card payments can be validated and authorised on line Price comparison companies - have sprung up allowing users to go to one site and check the best deal across all airlines Improvements in security Website security is constantly being developed (now 128bit). This is improving confidence amongst consumers and encouraging more internet sales. ...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

Here's what a star student thought of this essay

3 star(s)

Response to the question

It's important to understand that the Data Protection Act is not rules, but laws. The website will need to implement the regulation in order for the website to be within the legal requirement. There are eight main principles within the ...

Read full review

Response to the question

It's important to understand that the Data Protection Act is not rules, but laws. The website will need to implement the regulation in order for the website to be within the legal requirement. There are eight main principles within the Data Protection Act, and these eight principles should be explained and briefly stated how websites will be able to undertake each of the principles. The report doesn't contain this information.

Level of analysis

The section 'Website Terms And Conditions' is quite good, as this states what website's should undertake in regard to T&C. However the report could include a screenshot of a real example of a website were it has T&C's, and the box which consumer's have to tick before their continue to purchase their product/service. The sentence 'Blind People' mentions the use of screen readers, and the student has touched upon how websites use 'Alt Tags' within their website. The report actually uses the term 'Alt Text'. This area could be improved by writing something on the lines of 'The website could use Alt Tags, to ensure that people with screen readers are able to understand what images are on the website. This works by placing an 'Alt Tag' on each image. This is a short description of each image.'. The above would show an in-depth understanding of how websites can ensure that people with screen readers can view their website with ease.

Quality of writing

The first paragraph is written poorly, as when reading the sentences doesn't make sense. In addition, the report states '(although a lot of the legal considerations', however there is no end bracket and this is missing. This paragraph will need to be re-written. The term 'DDA' isn't explained and all technical terms within the report should be explained. This is due to that the examiner may not understand these, and it's important that the examiner can understand what is being written by the student.


Did you find this review helpful? Join our team of reviewers and help other students learn

Reviewed by danielbeal 23/02/2012

Read less
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. The social, legal, moral aspects of I.C.T. In this report, I am going to ...

    check that computer equipment is safe and if it is not they have to make it straight. * Ensure workstations meet minimum requirements: this includes working computer chairs and good lighting. * Planning work so there are changes of activities: employers should not expect there employers to work on the computers all day they should give them breaks.

  2. Assets table - recording the copyright information on the logos and pictures I used.

    This was chosen because it was a good sized fair trade product. Swap advert Sunflowers, tulips and a pot of flower. image s N/A flowers I have cropped the image and made it bigger this is to make it more visible for the target audience and to get rid of the irrelevant text.

  1. The Data Protection Act 1998 - questions and answers

    If not, the Commissioner may take enforcement action. What amounts to consent? If the individual gives consent to the processing then the processing may be carried out. Unfortunately 'consent' is not defined in the Act. The Commissioner has issued guidelines which state that consent must be assessed in light of the facts.

  2. The Legislation That Protects Individuals and Groups using IT. Use of It by myself ...

    This is where the Data Protection Act comes in. It ensures that the school keeps this information exactly how it is-private. The Data Protection Act is extremely important in this case. Children are extremely vulnerable to various dangers in this world. Abuse of children is a major problem. If someone dangerous got a hold of these children's information, they can be in danger or threatened in various ways.

  1. 3E-The legislation that protects individuals and groups from the misuse of ICT

    The main improvement which I personally think is the act should state the protection type needed for all the different data types that can be stored. Some of these data may be highly crucial, which may need to be highly secured and some of them maybe minimally vital, which may need less protection.

  2. Legislation and ICT

    Entering my uncle's information on to document. Again this is just an example I hade full permission to use the information. As I was working at home I didn't break this law and had permission from the designer of the logos I used The person with special need-The use of

  1. Data Protection Act

    The data subjects have given their consent to the processing. The data are to be treated as obtained fairly if they consist of information obtained from a person who is authorised by or under any enactment to supply it. Unless that may be aware that the data is unlikely to be disclosed within a period for such person.

  2. Critically evaluate the extent to which it can be said that copyright law gives ...

    This proves that in fact what might be considered quite clearly a piece of contemporary art in the eyes of society, may not gain the relevant credit under copyright law, and the required protection. I find it quite disturbing that in this case something that has been created specifically for

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