Business communication -Jac Richardson
In this report I will be explaining the legal and ethical issues relating to the use of business information.
Legal Issue | Impact on the business |
Data Protection Act (1988)The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. Everyone who is responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called “data protection principles “ There is stronger legal protection for more sensitive information, such as:Ethnic backgroundPolitical opinionsReligious beliefsHealth records | Businesses must make sure the information is:Obtained and used fairly and lawfullyUsed only for the ...view middle of the document...
2. Accessing computer material without permission with intent to commit a criminal act such as fraud i.e accessing other peoples bank or credit details 3. Altering computer data without permission making false entries deleting or adding to a person’s information, i.e. credit history bank account. | The computer misuse act would benefit business rather affect them in any adverse way. The computer misuse act is to protect individuals and businesses against people hacking their systems or similarThis this at is important as it protects the business from other people hacking it and creating viruses to destroy them. Companies such as Tesco’s hold a lot of customer information through their on line retailing and their clubcard loyalty card which allows customers to be part of the business. This act not only protects the customer but also the company and the company’s reputation |
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988).This gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the right to control the ways in which their material may be used.. In many cases, the creator will also have the right to be identified as the author and to object to distortions of his wor Music, books, video and software can all be covered by copyright law.Copyright lawLimitations imposed by copyrightWhen you buy software, for example, copyright law forbids you from: * giving a copy to a friend * making a copy and then selling it * using the software on a network (unless the licence allows it) * renting the software without the permission of the copyright holder The law that governs copyright in the UK is called the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 | This protects Tesco’s creative ideas such as marketing and promotional material in that they cannot have their ideas stolen or copied exactly. This would include such things as logo, design of stores etc. this act makes copying business ideas illegal. This helps guarantee that new ideas are not stolen or copied once the idea has been registered with the UK Intellectual Property Office.This act protects Tesco, if there was a copyright infringement and an idea should been stolen and another person made financial gain from that Tesco would under copyright law be entitled to get all of the money as it was their right. |
Ethical issues are primarily focused on employees of businesses and how they use communication within the organisation. Codes of practice exist in organizations that set out rules that employees must adhere to this help businesses work within the laws that govern data and promote appropriate communication between employees.
1. use of email
4. information ownership
| What is it informing the employee about? | Why do they have these policies in place? (Productivity, privacy, legal etc.) |
Use of email,( Email code of practice) | Emails can provide the employees with information. It is a way of sharing information giving direct instructions and...