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1 euroCRIS Conference Brussels Legal Issues Heather Weaver Business & Information Technology Department Legal & Ethical Issues Heather Weaver (Internet Legal Adviser) Business and Information Technology Department

2 Legal & Ethical Issues Martini Computing ! (any time, any place, anywhere…) we’ve feasted on a full measure of leveraging Research Information Assets for driving the ERA and learned about the technologies that deliver them but what about taking a “health check”? Before getting into the driving seat you do well to pause …….

3 Table of Contents Legal & Ethical Issues Prohibited and Regulated activities Ethics Intellectual Property Rights Content Liability and Protection Data Protection Defamatory Statements Freedom of Information

4 Prohibited and Regulated Activities Drink Driving - the dreaded breath- analyser Prohibited and Regulated Activities Pornography and sexual offences Computer Misuse Gambling Financial Services Advertising Cross-border content Encryption Pharmaceuticals

5 Ethics Is this your car sir ? Ethics Plagiarism Scientific/Fraudulent Misconduct Peer Review

6 Intellectual Property Rights Can I see your licence ? Intellectual Property Rights Copyright Trade Marks Trade Mark Infringement Domain Names

7 Copyright Rights Infringement Database infringement Electronic publishing on the Internet Linking liability Caches & mirrors Remedies for infringement

8 Content liability and protection Are you insured to drive this vehicle ? Content liability and protection Incorrect information Protecting content Liability of on-line intermediaries Restricting liability Employer liability Employer access to workplace communications Viruses

9 Data Protection Would you open the trunk please ? Data Protection Publishing personal data Sending personal information by internet Holding/processing personal data

10 Data Protection The 8 Data Protection Principles Cross-border disclosure Have you driven this car overseas?

11 Defamatory Statements Before complaining to the Chief Constable Defamatory Statements What is defamation? Damage to reputation Liability for defamatory statements

12 Freedom of Information General provisions of the Act Publication Schemes Exemptions Requirement to store public records electronically

13 All systems go…………. The open road Good map – opens up all the possibilities ( Information portals ) Well signposted – helps you steer your way through ( Knowledge management tools ) No traffic jams – gets you there unhindered ( Regulations ) Freedom ……………..


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