This 19 page paper looks at how and why it is important for system administrators to understand computer law. Looking at legislation which includes the Data Protection Act 1998, The Human Rights Act 1998, Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and The Telecommunications Lawful Business Practice Interception of Communication Regulations, the paper shows the broad range law that needs to be considered and then looks at the importance of incident response. The paper is written with reference to English law. The bibliography cites 20 sources.
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what information the company may be obliged to supply. Various acts such as the Data Protection Act, the Human Rights Act protect privacy, at the same time there are issues
such as security for both the company and also on issues such a terrorism and crime. A system administrator needs to
understand the relevant computer laws. When we consider that system administrators may also operate in the private or the public sector the understanding expands with a number of stake holders
who need protecting with either confidentiality, or in some circumstances the revelation of the information as well as understanding responsibilities can be overwhelming.
With the understanding of the requirements there is also the need to consider the way in which response systems should operated. In the UK the most obvious piece
of legislation is that of the Data Protection Act originally passed in 1984 an updated version was passed in 1998 and came into effect in March 2000 and further provision
have also become law in October 2001. This is all in compliance with the European Union Directive 95/46/EC. Unfortunately understanding the act maybe hard for the system administrators as
it is lengthy, with 75 sections and a total of 16 schedules. However, this complexity also means that it is less likely
cases will be brought for minor infringements at the current time (Wright, 2001). This should not be taken as a indication that
the law is not serious. There are also additional provision that will be fully n force by 2007. Therefore, this is an ongoing position (Wright, 2001). This act