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Email (PDF version)


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13 December 2008

The Law Society



Email (PDF version)
Law, Practice and Compliance

Edited by Stewart Room


This is the eBook version (PDF) of Email: Law, Practice and Compliance. The print version of Email: Law, Practice and Compliance is also available.

The use of email continues to increase year on year, and it has brought with it a plethora of legal issues. Organisations without effective email policies can leave themselves open to civil and criminal proceedings, as well as the cost of PR management and wasted system resources.

This book focuses on the legal aspects of email use. It sets out the legal and technical background to current law and then explores specific areas in which significant issues have arisen, such as:

  • privacy
  • defamation
  • copyright
  • access regimes
  • criminal justice
  • civil litigation.

The book covers relevant legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the regimes on interception of communications and criminal and civil evidence. It also considers case law including that on communications privacy (Copland v. UK, Fosh v. Cardiff University) and confidentiality (Coco v. Clark).

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1. The character and technology of email;
2. Lawmaking that encourages email;
3. Privacy and data protection;
4. Communications privacy;
5. Substantive law issues - civil;
6. Substantive law issues - crime;
7. Access regimes and email as evidence;
8. Litigation disclosure;
9. Core regulatory issues;
10. Compliance issues.

About the Editor

Stewart Room, a partner in Field Fisher Waterhouse's Technology Law Group, is a dual qualified barrister and a solicitor with considerable expertise in privacy, data protection and data security law matters. He is the Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year 2008, and is rated as a leading individual in the field of data protection by the legal directory Chambers UK. He is author of Data Protection and Compliance in Context and author and editor of the data protection chapter in Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice. Stewart is the elected President of the National Association of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officers.