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The main purposes of legislation covering working with and using ICT.

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The main purposes of legislation covering working with and using ICT This assignment will cover the main purposes of legislation that is involved with ICT and the advantages and disadvantages of the laws covering and ICT. The Data Protection Act The first Data Protection Act was introduced in 1984. A new Data Protection Act that changed the law to meet the requirements of the European Union replaced this in 1998. The Data Protection Act gives rights to individuals about whom information is stored. Individuals may find out information about themselves, challenge it and claim compensation in certain circumstances. It is the act that enables them to do this. The Act places legal requirements on those who store and use personal data. They must let everyone know about their use of data and follow the data protection principles. These eight principals consist of: - 1. Be obtained and processed fairly and lawfully 2. Be held and processed only for the lawful purposes described in the register entry 3. ...read more.


* A general description of the security measures taken to protect the data. An applicant who only keeps paper records doesn't have to apply to the commissioner but still must abide by the rules of the commission. This law has several huge limitations. * It is difficult to find out who is holding data about you. * The act itself has several exemptions in extreme circumstances, for example, if a court orders the information to be disclosed. Companies definitely have an obligation to protect their customer's privacy and if this does not happen, I believe that customers deserve some sort of compensation. I am spammed by companies that I have never had any contact with before and it is very irritating, so much so, that I have downloaded a piece of software to filter spam e-mails. Another intrusion on my privacy is the text messages that I get form companies asking me to enter competitions and pay an extortionate amount of money. This is very annoying and occasionally companies charge you to send you messages advertising the competitions to start with. ...read more.


Breaking the Act is severely punished by imprisonment and a large fine and the payment of damages to the company involved. This act essentially attempts to stop companies loosing money through illegal software selling. Whilst this is a good law in theory, in practice it is quite different. The Internet has become a medium for exchanging software illegally because it is much faster and more difficult to be caught. With the introduction of broadband Internet services software trading has become very rife. It is easy for somebody to upload a program onto the Internet and within minutes other computer users around the world can be downloading it. Companies such as Microsoft are now asking customers to register their operating systems to prevent them being passed on to other people. I think that this is a good thing because if people are able to illegally download a piece of software without any repercussions from the law, while other people have to pay for it just creates a negative multiplier effect with more and more people refusing to pay for their software and downloading it illicitly. Matt Bull 10K ...read more.

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