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GCSE: Legislation & The Legal Framework
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Data Protection Issues – Compliance Within Computing Organisations, The Causes, Effects and Consequences.
Data Protection is not merely something with which large companies have to comply; "Data Protection affects a huge range of individuals and organisations, both in the public and private sectors" Rt. Hon Jack Straw MP, Home Secretary (British Computer Society, Conference 2000) Our chief concerns are the issues governing computing businesses or organisations that store and retrieve data in any way shape or form and the challenges, threats and implications this may pose to the successful deployment of technical resources.
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This rule ensures there is no getting around the data protection act by just sending data to somewhere where it is legal to reveal it. 1. Be processed fairly and lawfully - Basically, this means that the company must: ? Tell people why, in clear language, they are processing their data. ? Tell people about any nonobvious reasons for which their data is being processed for. It is important that it is in "clear language" because hiding important things by using complex terms is not fair.
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Offences which are outlawed by the act: * Unauthorised copying of software. * The selling of software that is known to be copied. There are some very serious actions which a court can use on anyone breaking the law. These include: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright,_and_Patents_Act_1988. * The copying or sale of copied software can mean a prison sentence of up to two years and a large fine. * Being in possession of a device designed to copy software can mean a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to £2000.
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