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IT Law: An ISEB Foundation [Kindle Edition]

John Antell , Jonathan Exell , Jon Fell , Vivian Picton , Adrian Roberts-Walsh , Louise Townsend
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Book Description

Breaking the law can be costly, so it is vital IT professionals understand their legal obligations amid the deluge of legislation governing information technology. This publication covers the main aspects of law specifically applicable to IT, including digital evidence, data protection and corporate governance. Designed to help prevent serious legal breaches, it is also the only official textbook of the ISEB Foundation Certificate in IT Law.

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The authors have met their objectives, as it is a book that provides an overview of some of the key legal issues faced by IT professionals today. In summary, this book is suitable for IT professionals and managers seeking to understand the legal issues and pitfalls within the IT sector. --Uma Kanagaratnam, IT Training, Autumn 2008.

About the Author

The authors are specialists in IT and related Law and helped produce the syllabus for the ISEB Foundation Certificate in IT Law.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1902505808
  • Publisher: British Computer Society; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QZTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive reference to IT Law! 4 May 2008
Format:Paperback
Jon Fell, John Antell, Jonathan Exell, Vivian Picton, Adrian Roberts-Walsh and Louise Townsend have produced a remarkable handbook not only for the ISEB Foundation IT Law exam but to IT Law in general.

The first chapter of the book explains in detail contract law principles which I believe provide the reader with a sound understanding of the basics in a general context.

The second chapter refers to privacy and data protection legislation and narrows down to IT Law specifically. A close examination of various Acts indicates the important points of privacy.

The third chapter is concerned with the admissibility and credibility of digital evidence and digital singatures in a court of law.

In the fourth chapter the area of intellectual property rights is presented with very good examples of what sort of work can be protected under current legislature. Moreover, the copyright, patent and license systems are also explained and reference to what laws apply to acts committed on the Internet is also provided.

The fifth chapter covers the very interesting area of employment contractual and statutory rights. I was impressed by the extensive references to specific Acts on employer and employee contractual rights and obligations to each other. IT law that applies to IT job roles is vastly covered. Semi-independent and independent consultant employment rights are also covered.

The sixth and final chapter covers website accessibility issues faced on the Internet and how these can be tackled using initiatives and standards such as the W3C guidelines.

Throughout the book, reference is also made to the need for future legislature amendments regarding changing circumstances within the IT sector.

This book is a great starting point for all of those seeking a thorough insight to IT Law.

I highly recommend this book to IT professionals, IT Managers and law practitioners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the Range of UK and EU IT Law 21 Mar. 2010
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This is a text book for the British Computer Society ISEB exams. I am not taking the exams, but I was interested in the content. It is a good foundational guide to the broad sweep of IT law,and will provide a good grounding in the subject. Some areas were only touched on very briefly (e.g Accessibility), and I would have liked to see a fuller book list for each of the areas covered (for instance, a link to Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman would be helpful).

However the book achieves its purpose and the reader will usually have a good idea how to locate further reading.

Only recommended for UK readers as the law covered is primarily the law as it affects the UK (English law and European law).

I was slightly annoyed by the chapter on IPR which at times became something of a soap box for a unified EU law on software patents against the alleged interference of open source proponents. A challenging voice asking, for instance, whether such an important bill should really have been introduced as a rider on a fisheries bill, rather than meriting fuller consideration in its own legislation, would have been appreciated.

It also argued that as we have patents on software, including an example in the book of patented spreadsheets that slipped through because they were dressed up as hardware, the patent law should simply be regularised across Europe. The possibility that people might argue that such patents should simply not be allowed because they serve no purpose was not considered.

However space is limited in the book and it would have probably been better to omit the soapbox altogether.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the Range of UK and EU IT Law 11 Oct. 2011
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Format:Paperback
This is a text book for the British Computer Society ISEB exams. I am not taking the exams, but I was interested in the content. It is a good foundational guide to the broad sweep of IT law,and will provide a good grounding in the subject. Some areas were only touched on very briefly (e.g Accessibility), and I would have liked to see a fuller book list for each of the areas covered (for instance, a link to Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman would be helpful).

However the book achieves its purpose and the reader will usually have a good idea how to locate further reading.

Only recommended for UK readers as the law covered is primarily the law as it affects the UK (English law and European law).

I was slightly annoyed by the chapter on IPR which at times became something of a soap box for a unified EU law on software patents against the alleged interference of open source proponents. A challenging voice asking, for instance, whether such an important bill should really have been introduced as a rider on a fisheries bill, rather than meriting fuller consideration in its own legislation, would have been appreciated.

It also argued that as we have patents on software, including an example in the book of patented spreadsheets that slipped through because they were dressed up as hardware, the patent law should simply be regularised across Europe. The possibility that people might argue that such patents should simply not be allowed because they serve no purpose was not considered.

However space is limited in the book and it would have probably been better to omit the soapbox altogether.
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