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Legal issues Data protection act The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. Asda are responsible for every piece of information they receive from a customer for example they may receive a customer’s personal detail so they are responsible for the information so if the information gets passed on to a third party the customer would be able to sue asda for passing on information to another party. Freedom of information act The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is an Act of Parliament of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that creates a public "right of access" to information held by public authorities. Freedom of information act allow people who have given information to an organization to check all the information they have on them and to make sure that all the information they have is correct and valid.

Computer misuse act An Act to make provision for securing computer material against unauthorised access or modification; and for connected purposes An Act to amend title 5, United States Code, by adding a section 552a, to safeguard individual privacy from the misuse of Federal records, to provide that individuals be granted access to records concerning them which are maintained by Federal agencies, to establish a Privacy Protection Study Commission, and for other purposes. It is split in to three sections:


●Unauthorised access to computer material ●Unauthorised access to computer systems with intent to commit another offence ●Unauthorised modification of computer material

Asda make sure they go by the privacy act the make sure that all the information they receive would be private and could not be see or accessed by any on else.

Ethical issues Use of emails many organisation today have a code of practices on the correct use of email here are some example of what asda code if practice. Use emails to pass on urgent news urgently. To give standard information to a large group of people. To gather views and initial reactions quickly. Don’t use emails: To send large documents/attachments especially to a large amount of people. As a substitute for formal documents where language and presentation are very important. For confidential information. Internet Asda also have codes of practices on the use of the internet and what their employees can and cannot use the internet for. There are also codes of practice which do not allow selling on the internet. For example asda cannot sell product which have been ban for being sold in the UK.


These are some rules to adhere: •

Do not use computers to harm other users.

Do not use computers to steal others information.

Do not access files without the permission of the owner.

Do not copy copyrighted software without the author’s permission.

Whistle blowing A whistle blower is an employee who raises a concern about a business practice – either to management within the company or to an outside organisation (for example the press). The concern may relate to fraud, crime, danger or any other serious risk that could impact on, colleagues, shareholders and the public.

Organisational policies Organisations may have many policies to ensure that their businesses practices with regard to information can be done more ethically. This could be anything from how they manage information to ensuring marketing and other business practices are fair and just.

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