|Website and Email Law|
|Contracts and E-commerce|
Collecting or handling personal data using email or the Internet falls under the Data Protection Act 1998. If you handle personal data in any form, you will have to comply with the Act. You may also have to notify the Information Commissioner annually.
3.1 You must not use an individual's personal data for direct marketing purposes if they request you not to do so.
3.3 Make sure you comply with regulations on the monitoring of employees' email and Internet use (see 5).
3.4 Store any data you collect securely.
You are generally responsible for your employees' actions on your email and Internet systems.
Contractual obligations created over the Internet are just as binding as any other.
Defamatory statements are easily circulated to a wide audience.
Several major companies have been forced to pay substantial damages to competitors libelled in emails.
Offensive emails or even website access can create a hostile working environment and lead to claims for stress or discrimination.
The Internet can make it easy for employees to commit illegal acts, such as stealing other people's intellectual property (see 4).
In most cases, an aggrieved party will pursue the company rather than the individual employee responsible for the problem. Setting up and enforcing appropriate policies, and providing any training employees need, can substantially reduce the risk of being held liable.