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The data protection act

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Dean Smith 11k LEGISLATION The data protection act was introduced in the UK in 1984. It gives rights to data subjects (i.e. people who have data about them stored on computer systems). The act was updated in 1998 to take the increasing use of computers, and changes in European Union law, into account. The 8 principles of the data protection act are: 1. Data must not be processed unless there is a specific lawful reason to do so. 2. Data must only be obtained and then used for a specified purposes. 3. Data should be adequate, relevant, and not excessive for the specified use. 4. Data must be accurate and where relevant, kept up to date. 5. Data should not be kept longer than is necessary for the specified purpose. 6. Data processing should meet the legal rights of the data subjects. 7. Data holders should protect the data against loss, theft, or corruption. 8. Data should not be transferred abroad, except to certain other European countries. Here are some useful bits of information to help protect your data: 1. To keep information is important and personal. People like to keep their own data to themselves. The main reason for this is to stop the breaching of their privacy from hackers. Their also like to keep their data classified from others as they can use their information to use for illegal purposes that can result in terrible issues. Some hackers even use their data to get their credit card details and use a purpose called "skimming" to break down the code and use their card as themselves. ...read more.


Before its release, their music was pirated and sold for cheap and 19.3 million pirated copies were sold worldwide. It was the bands first album and they needed the money to boost their career, bearing in mind the average cost of an album is around �13 their total loss from piracy would be around �200 million. A month later MTV sent emails to people invited for their annual guest party. Shell shock were invited and they would be able to perform live on TV for the first time. However a hacker managed to breach their files and delete the email. As a result Shell shock could not have their big first act live on TV. Shell shock made their own website on the internet called www.shellshock.com but soon after hackers used their website to access codes and decrypt them, doing so he managed to gain control of their computer and managed to find out their credit details and inherit their profits from their band. Computer Fraud. With so many financial transactions being handled by computers it is a prime area for crime. There have been many reports of 'inside jobs', with the programmers working on the computer system responsible for building into their code a way to make money. One of the most popular stories is about the programmer who noticed that when interest payments were calculated on bank balances there was often the odd quarter of a penny left over. ...read more.


People also fear that there will be a loss in personal skills, and communication will be limited to people with the same views. Over-reliance on technology. Some people believe allowing there children to use new technology, will lead to them being less self-reliant in later life. This can then lead to the fears of the millennium bug as an example of the reliance of computer technology for a smooth running society. Impact on Literacy. Some people believe the increasing use of computer games and multi-media software will result in people spending less time reading. This could lead to lower levels of literacy, and as a result education standards will decrease. Implicating the quality of the workforce. Faster Pace of Life. Computer technology is rapidly changing, so people forever have to adapt to new ways of working. Also computers generate work faster, so people have to work harder to keep up with all the work generated. Although you may class some of the above of bad affects of computer technology, the Internet can make it easier for people of different cultures, countries etc to communicate. Computers are able to perform routine tasks, leaving people to perform more complex ones. This can result in the need to travel. In my opinion I think that the forever-expanding computer technology could make life easier, if used correctly. A big problem can be the Internet, the problem being the freedom, and accessibility of web sites and chat rooms. I think that it can be easy for children to access inappropriate web sites, and adults making inappropriate web sites. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dean Smith 11k Dean Smith 11k ...read more.

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