Introduction to ethics and computer law


Welcome to this introduction to ethics and computer law.


What are ethics?


Ethics are a set of rules for behaving in a certain manner that is usually not legally binding but can be seen to be just as important as actual laws. Ethics can be governed by society’s views on a subject, your own personal views or morals, or the personal views or morals of a superior such as a parent, teacher, or boss.


What are computer ethics?


Computer ethics are again a set of rules defining specific behavior but this time in relation to computers, how they are used, and the data they contain.


What is computer law?


Computer law is a term referring to the laws governing computers, the use of computers, or the use, storage, or transfer of electronic data. Computer law can affect a wide variety of topics, some of which are:

  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Forensics
  • Physical ownership rights


What are some of the laws that affect IT professionals?

  • Computer misuse act 1990
  • EC Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • The Telecommunications Regulations 2000
  • Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation