Legal side of computers

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  • Created on: 22-03-17 09:44
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    • Data Protection Act
      • This is the act meaning that all data should be kept private and should not be shared with the general public
      • There are 8 rules that have to be followed in this act
        • All information has to be processed fairly and lawfully
        • Personal data should only be obtained for lawful reasons
        • Only data that is specifically needed shall be processed
        • Personal data should be accurate and kept up to date
        • Personal data should only be kept for the necessary time needed
        • Data shall be processed under the rights of data subjects under this act
        • Appropriate organisation and technical measures shall be taken to prevent unlawful processing of the data and against accidental loss or damage of data
        • Data shall not be passed to another country or territory unless they provide adequate level of protections for the data
    • The Computer Misuse Act
      • This has been put into place to minimise the hacking offences on computers
      • Acts that come under this act are
        • Unauthorised access or attempted access to computer data
        • Unauthorised acces to a computer system to carry out crimes: spying, blackmail and fraud
        • Unauthorised deleting or altering files on a computer. This also covers spreading computer viruses
    • The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
      • Unauthorised copying of computer software is a criminal offence or stealing software.
      • When a computer system is created, all software should be fully licensed
      • This act protects against
        • Use of software without the relevant license
        • Using or downloading images without permission from the copyright holder
        • Illegal download of videos and audio files
    • Communicati-ons Act
      • Piggybacking
        • This is used to describe the process of using someone else's internet connection without their permission or without intention to pay for access
      • Threatening Behaviour Online
        • This act can protect someone against receiving threatening comments online
      • Offensive and Indecent Images
        • Sending offensive or indecent images of others is an offence that is covered by the communications act.


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