P5 Explain the legal and ethical issues in relation to the use of business information

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P5: Explain the legal and ethical issues in relation to the use of business information

M2: analyse the legal, ethical and operational issues in relation to the use of business information using appropriate examples

Data of protection Act 1998

This act has been created to protect the personal information of customers and stop them from being wrongly used. This Act concerns any business who keeps the personal data of their clients. It is very important for businesses who keep these sorts of information to

  • Acquire them lawfully
  • Make sure they are used for what they say they were going to use it for
  • Make sure the information acquired is correct and accurate
  • Make sure the information are kept up to date
  • Make sure information are processed in line with the customers rights

The acquisition of this information enables the businesses to send offers to the customers if they choose to as it would be illegal for the business to send these offers without the customer’s consents.

The importance of this act is that it will help protect customers’ rights from falling in the wrong hand being wrongly used. It will also help assure customers and make them trust companies like Tesco with their personal information.

Freedom of information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows anyone from the public to access information that the public authorities has about them. This can be done in two different ways, the first one is that public authorities are forced to publish certain information about their activities and the other is that members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities whenever they need that information.

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The importance of this act is that it allows everyone from the public to find out any information that public authorities have about them. It is also important because if someone finds out that the information that the public authorities has about them is wrong, they can ask for that information to be corrected.  

Computer misuse Act 1990

The misuse computer act from 1990 states that certain activities on the computers shouldn’t be carries out. These activities include hacking into other people’s systems, misusing software or accessing or helping someone else access protected files without authorisation ...

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