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Describe the Legislation that Applies to the IT Profession

Computers and their uses have become pervasive in today's society with new uses occurring on almost a daily basis. In general this use is beneficial; however, as with all technology, computers may be put to the wrong use. In order to safeguard computer users in the UK there are different types of legislation covering the many uses or misuses of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Note: 95% of ISO 9000 registered businesses have access to the Internet.

In this course we will look at the following legislation:

  • Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Consumer Protection Act 1987
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • EC Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • Freedom of Information Act 2002
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988
  • Protection of the Environment (Environmental Information Regulations 2005)
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • The Telecommunications Regulations 2000 (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications)

Next: Computer Misuse Act 1990