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  • Ethical, legal and cultural factors
    • Legislation
      • The Computer Misuse Act protects computer users against attacks and theft of information. Offences include hacking and spreading malware.
      • global music piracy causes $12.5 billion in losses every year
      • In order to protect the rights of people who create original pieces of work, the Copyright, Design and Patents Act was introduced.
    • Ethics
      • Ethics are moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or how they conduct themselves
    • Cultural implications
      • The Internet can provide a platform to say things that are not socially acceptable. Anonymity provides a shield to shelter behind.
      • Hackers can trick you into giving up your personal information by pretending to be someone that they are not in crimes called phishing
      • Social networking is one of the most powerful tools on the Internet, and it has profound effects on all online interaction
      • Governments have put laws in place identify persons if they are behaving illegally. In the UK, internet service providers keep 12 month records of a customer's connection and search history
    • Environmental factors
      • E-waste is a huge problem around the world. Old technology is often sent to landfill, because it has been replaced by a newer version.
      • E-waste produces toxic chemicals such as lead into the soil. As rain washes it away, rivers and water supplies can be contaminated.
      • Electricity often produces greenhouse gases because of the way it is generated. However, Environmentally-friendly sources such as wind can be made with new technology.

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