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
- 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