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Project 3E - The impact of legislations on people. Introduction: There are hundreds of laws and legislations which effect people, sometimes on a daily basis, sometime on a one off basis. All laws and legislations have purposes and are there for reasons mainly to protect or benefit certain people. I have looked at six legislations which effects certain people on a daily basis and have explored in what ways they benefit different people. The Data Protection Act (1998): The Data protection act was set in 1998. The legislation is to protect the subject of any personal information. The act prevents personal information from being passed on to people who may misuse the information. The act states that all data should be processed fairly and lawfully, should be obtained for a specified purpose, Should be adequate, relevant and not excessive, should be accurate and up to date, shouldn't be kept for any longer than necessary and should allow the subject to know who the data controller is. The data protection act protects the subject of the information by stating that all information should be kept up to date and true therefore the creator can not upset the subject by using any false information. ...read more.


This act affects me in the way that nobody who isn't authorised can look at information which the school keep on me. The act would also effect Mr.Caroll (a working adult) in the way that he can not view files if he is not authorised e.g. staff pay roles which are password protected. Copyright, Designs and patents act (1988): This act was set in 1988 to protect intellectual property such as music, literature and software. Provisions make it illegal to Copy software, Run printed software and to transmit software over a telecommunications line thereby creating a copy. An advantage of this act is that this means that nobody can copy anyone's work such as music to make a profit meaning that the artist gets full credit for his or her work. A disadvantage of this act is that people have to pay more expensive prices for C.D's and DVD's etc because it is illegal to copy them free of charge. This law effects me because it states that I can't copy music C.D's etc therefore I have to pay higher prices for them. ...read more.


A disadvantage of this act is that it may cost an employer a lot of money to ensure that all the workstations meet the minimum criteria. This act affects me in the way that any computer station at school which I have to work on should always be safe for me to use. This act also affects Mr.Caroll (a working adult) because as head of I.C.T he must ensure that all VDU workstations must meet the minimum requirements in the I.C.T rooms. Regulation of investigatory powers act (2000) This act is defining the powers that the government have to access information and the security of the information. The act states that it gives the government the right to carry out intelligence surveillance and to spy on electronic communications. An advantage of this act is that authorities can monitor electronic communications and can prevent abuse which may lead to further offences, protecting the recipient of abuse. A disadvantage of this act is that authorities may monitor private conversations held over electronic communications. This act affects me in the way that authorities can monitor my e-mail to prevent abuse. This act also affects the community in general as everyone electronic communications can be monitored. ?? ?? ?? ?? John Timmins ...read more.

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