Unit 4 Business Communication

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Unit 4 Business Communication
P5 Explain the legal and ethical issues in relation to the use of business information

In this P5 I’m going to explain the legal and ethical issues of tesco.

Legal issues • Data Protection Act 1998 • Freedom of Information Act 2000 • The Computer Misuse Act 1990

Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information. The Act gives individuals rights of access in relation to personal data which is about them, which means that participants’ can ask for copies of personal data collected by a researcher. It requires that anyone who processes personal data must comply with eight principles, which make sure that personal data are: • fairly and lawfully processed; • processed for limited purposes; • adequate, relevant and not excessive; • accurate and up to date; • not kept for longer than is necessary; • processed in line with your rights; • secure • not transferred to other countries without adequate protection.

Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force on January 1st 2005. It provides a general right of access to information held by public authorities, and is intended to increase openness and transparency. Anybody, anywhere in the world can make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Computer Misuse Act 1990
The Computer Misuse Act (1990) was introduced to help deal with the problems caused by the misuse of computers and communication systems, especially that of ‘hacking' and ‘unauthorised access.' The Act introduced three offences; it is illegal for any unauthorised person to access programs or data, the unauthorised modification of that data, and having unauthorised access with…...

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