Basic IT laws


Anyone that uses or works with information technology should be aware of the main IT laws that govern this sector. As computers and their support networks have developed alongside the internet, so have the laws and regulations that impact on how technology can be legally used. Some of the IT laws you should be aware include:

  • The Copyright, Design and Patents Act
  • The Computer Misuse Act
  • The Data Protection Act
  • Obscene Publications Act
  • Protection of Children Act
  • Disability Discrimination Act

Whether you use computer technology at home or at work, you should be clear on which IT laws you must not break. For instance, if you store any personal details of customers that buy from your online store, you may need to register under the Data Protection Act. It is illegal to use a computer you are not authorised to under the Computer Misuse Act. And any website you build must be accessible by anyone no matter their disability under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Businesses and individuals alike must pay close attention to IT laws, as they can in some cases be easy to fall foul of. Businesses, in particular those that have large technology installations and perhaps many employees, must ensure they are not breaking any IT laws in the day-to-day operation of their enterprises.

If you are at all unsure about the legality of any of your information technology processes, or not confident you are working within the IT laws that currently exist, take legal advice as soon as you can. There are special solicitors that have detailed knowledge of the range of IT laws that are now in force. They can assess your systems and more importantly, show you where you may be breaking laws even if this is inadvertently.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about computer laws, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist technology / IT solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local technology / IT solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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