Understanding computer law


Computer law in the UK now covers a wide range of topics and includes the following legislation: 

  • The Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988
  • The Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • The Official Secrets Acts 1911-1989
  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • Defamation Act 1996
  • Obscene Publications Act 1959
  • Protection of Children Act 1978
  • Criminal Justice Act 1988
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995

In addition to these main pieces of law, you may also have to comply with health and safety regulations when using computer equipment. Computer law extends to online commerce with the Distance Selling Regulations. It is also important to be aware of any international computer law that might apply to your business.

It is vitally important to get qualified legal advice about any component of computer law that you think might affect you or your business. The penalties for non-compliance can be serious under law. Ignorance is no defence in a UK court, so if you are in any doubt whatsoever about an aspect of law always seek legal advice.

The authorities rigorously enforce laws such as the Computer Misuse Act, Copyright, Design and Patents Act and the Data Protection Act. It is vitally important that you comply with these and the other computer laws that relates to your computer activity. If you break these laws, you must have legal representation if your case comes before a court.

Specialist solicitors are available that have detailed knowledge of the wide-ranging computer law that now exists. If you are taken to court a solicitor can not only represent, and speak for you, they can also interpret what can sometimes be complex points of law.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about computer relates legislation, 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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