Legal and Ethical considerations
Identify these considerations
Explain in business context
Analyze the impact on these in Business activity
Data Protection Act 1998
Many businesses store and use information about people. The Data Protection Act protects information held about people from being misused. The information stored by businesses on databases must be:
Obtained fairly and lawfully
Used only for the purposes stated during collection
Adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the intended use
Accurate and up to date
Not kept for longer than necessary
Processed in line with your rights
Subject to procedures to prevent unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage to personal data
Protected from transfer to an area outside the European Economic Area (EEA) unless adequate protection exists for that data
Freedom of Information Act 2000
This Act provides individuals or organisations with the right to request information held by a public authority. The public authority must tell the applicant whether it holds the information, which it must supply within 20 working days, in the requested format.
There are some exemptions to this Act. E.g. if the cost of a request for info exceeds the appropriate limit, the public authority may decide whether a greater public interest is being served by denying a request or supplying the info.
Computer Misuse Act 1990
This is a law in the UK that legislates against certain activities using computers, such as hacking into other people's systems, misusing software or helping a person to gain access to protected files on someone else's computer. It is split into 3 sections and makes illegal:
Unauthorised access to computer material
Unauthorised access to computer systems with intent to commit another offence
Unauthorised modification of computer material
Business ethics are moral principles concerning acceptable and unacceptable behavior by...