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-Lawrence Tucketts advises employers to define specific IT and Internet policies.

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Lawrence Tucketts, a UK law firm, has warned that unless companies lay down specific IT and Internet policies, they could find themselves civilly and criminally liable for the careless or irresponsible actions of their staff in e-mails and on the web. Such acts include, according to the law firm, staff inadvertently entering into contracts on their employer's behalf, downloading business-threatening viruses, defaming individuals or breaching copyright restrictions. Bullying, harassment and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race or disability and distribution of obscene pornographic materials are other acts employers could be held responsible for, if positive action has not been taken to discourage or prohibit such practices, Lawrence Tucketts says.

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Title Annotation:Industry Trend or Event; UK law firm on company e-mail/web liability
Comment:-Lawrence Tucketts advises employers to define specific IT and Internet policies.(UK law firm on company e-mail/web liability)(Industry Trend or Event)
Publication:Telecomworldwire
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 9, 1999
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