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ICT and the Law In this piece of coursework I will be talking about various laws and how they affect myself, Mr James (An Adult with a disability) and Mr Hulse (An adult in employment. There are 4 laws I will be concentrating on: * The DPA * Health and Safety * The CMA * The Copyright, Design and Patents Act DPA (1998) The DPA (Data Protection Act) is a law which enforces how data is collected and stored. It stops it from being misused and transported to countries who do not have similar protection of data. For instance, if a school had the personal data of a student and sold it to someone or gave it away, or pinned it up on a notice board or a wall somewhere, they would be prosecuted by the DPA for misuse of data. The DPA ensures all personal information digitally stored is not used in any other way than necessary, and are not viewed and changed when there is no need to. How would you feel if you applied for a job and someone had changed your GCSE results to a very poor standard, making it near impossible to get the job, or if someone had made all the results really good, you would be given a position and expected to do more work than you can possibly accomplish. ...read more.


Another form of virus is a Trojan, these are more advanced viruses that enter a persons computer hiding inside another file such as a harmless bmp image file or an mp3, since these are more advanced they cause more harm and may be harder to find and remove, since they have the ability to run from the inside of a file. The next form of virus I will explain about is called a 'worm', the worm itself is harmless and is not usually found as a virus, but it creates viruses, and recreates them if they are deleted, making the viruses it creates near impossible to remove without removing the worm first. Some very advanced viruses called polymorph viruses have the ability to change their own programming to maximize stealth, infection and destruction. Most viruses nowadays are able to hide inside a file, infect other files, and in some cases they are a group of 2 or more worms that all create viruses and the other worms, these are almost impossible to find and remove and can be very frustrating and damaging. The CMA works to prevent such files from entering the internet and harming personal files. Copyright Everyone in the community must follow the laws of copyright, which state that whoever made a file (whoever recorded a video or took a picture) ...read more.


It means that there should not be tripping hazards or objects on the stairs that I could fall down. It means that the wires in the computer room are out of the way. It also means that I should take regular breaks every twenty minutes so I do not get eye strain. The monitors have to have the ability to change the brightness and contrast. As well as being safe at school Mr Hulse is responsible for the safety of the children in his care. This means he should constantly check if there is anything in the room that is dangerous and if so do all he can to remove the danger. The copyright designs and patent act affects me when I am completing my coursework for school. It means I cannot go onto the internet and copy pictures and text and saying that the work is mine. If I should use pictures and text from the internet I should reference where I have got this information from. This law also means that I cannot go onto the internet and use peer two peer sites such as piratebay to download movies and music without paying for them. If I want to download music I should go to sites such as Itunes and pay for the download or subscribe to a monthly contract. ...read more.

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This document gives the reader a good breadth of information covering the main points of the legislation mentioned in the title. There are some good examples in each section and this helps to demonstrate the understanding the student has of the principles of each piece of legislation.

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