P5 - Submit - TCA classroom In this assignment I will discuss Facebook, a multimillion pound business which has the power to change the world through the internet and can influence the world with the authority they have and therefore must be careful to avoid bad publicity. Facebook must be careful of legal issues such as the Computer Misuse Act 1990, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998 and ethical issues which include use of e-mail, whistle blowing and the use of internet. There are 3 laws which a company like Facebook should pay attention to them, and they are 1. The Data Protection Act 1998 which is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament
which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. This information stored by businesses on databases must be -obtained fairly and lawfully -used only for the purpose stated -accurate and up to date - Not kept for longer than necessary This would relate to Facebook because they would have everyoneâ€™s information save on to a massive hardrive and this means that Facebook have all our personal information at their disposal to use, to sell. However for example if there was an accident and the police enquired to look at some peoples accounts Facebook would have to do it because the police have the right to acquire this information 2. 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. Also the public authorities must tell the applicants whether it hold the information, which it must supply within 20 working days and this means 3. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 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. The computer misuse act I spilt into three sections and makes illegal -unauthorised access to computer material -unauthorised access to computer systems with intent to commit another offence -unauthorised modification of computer material This is one of the laws which are important to Facebook because if they use people private information he, is breaking the law and they potentially get
sued as a result of not following the guidelines they would lose a lot of money
Ethical issues With these laws in place Facebook has the responsibility to keep this information safe and not to take advantage of having this information at their disposal Business ethics is moral principles concerning acceptable and unacceptable behaviour by business, and is doing what is morally right Codes of practice exist in organisations to maintain business ethics on: 1. Use of e-mail â€“ many organisations have a code of practice on the correct use of emails such as disseminate urgent news rapidly would be correct use of e-mail, whereas to send large documents, especially to large numbers of people would be incorrect use of e-mail 2. Internet- many companies also have codes of practice on the use of the internet and what their employees can and cannot use the internet for. 3. 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 4. organisational policies- some organisations may have some policies to ensure that there information is kept safe and is not to ensuring marketing and other business practices are fair and just 5. Information ownership- The concept of information ownership is simple â€“ if you create information in your day-to-day work, then you should be responsible for it.
Health and safety Facebook is a global company, and therefore have the responsibility to make sure all their employees are safe and are not in danger by making sure that employees are not too stress so they have medical check-ups and would often check other factors maybe outside the work place, but therefore are limit in what they could do But in the work place, there are factors that Facebook can control such as preventing accidents happening in the workplace
Conclusion Overall there are a lot of laws and issues that Facebook must not breach otherwise they would face the consequences. There are 3 major laws The Data Protection Act 1998, The Freedom of Information Act 2000, The Computer Misuse Act 1990 and they have a similar objective which is to stop other people from taking your idea/ work and do not take advantage by looking at unauthorised computer material these are all step up in place to protect the business, however there are many ethical issues that the business must address such as preventing discrimination by having a code of practice and isolates the right from the wrong which includes the use of e-mail must only be distributed in urgent matters, and overall employees must follow the organisations polices