The Computer Misuse Act

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  • The Computer Misuse Act
    • 1.Unauthorised access to computer material
      • An employee accessing their company's payroll system in order to find out how much money his colleagues are earning compared to them
      • 6 months imprisonment and/or a fine of £5000
    • 2.Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate further offences
      • An employee accesses a customer's record so that they can obtain their credit card details and use it to buy goods
      • 5 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine
    • 3.Unauthorised modification of computer material
      • A pupil hacking into the school's system and changes some of the grades/comments about him
      • 5 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine
    • What issues does it protect the user from?
      • Hacking
        • Before 1990 there was no legislation in place to protect people from hackers and the problems it causes.
      • Plaigiarism
      • Fraud

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