Information technology law


As computers and the systems that support them have developed, so has information technology law. IT or cyber law as it is often called touches on a number of different areas. The most recent change to IT law is the Computer Misuse Act.

Designed to combat computer hacking and other forms of computer misuse, the Act is the cornerstone of information technology law in the UK. If you break this law by illegally copying computer software you could be fined up to £5,000 and spend six months in prison. More serious hacking offences could mean an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.

Using computers will also mean you have to comply with a wide range of other laws as well. Which laws apply to you will be determined by how you are using computer technology at home, at work or in your business. Information technology law you should be aware of includes:

  • Health and safety regulations
  • Discrimination laws when building websites
  • Copyright and intellectual property law
  • Data protection laws

Because computers have now become essential for modern life, the courts enforce the information technology law that governs them. It is important that you are fully aware of the law that impacts on your computer use. Remember, ignorance is no defence in the UK courts.

If you think your rights under information technology law have been compromised, or you are being taken to court because of an alleged breach of a law, it is vitally important to have legal representation. IT law is complex and far reaching. The services of a qualified solicitor will give your case the best chance of success.

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

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