Information technology is defined by the Information Technology Association of America as “the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information”.
This branch of engineering science has revolutionised our business and private lives. Developments in all areas of information and communications technology mean that each day the world is more connected than ever before. Broadband, fibre and wireless networks in the home and office link us to the international systems of the internet, whilst digital technology underpins TV, mobile phones and music and media players.
The study, design, development, implementation, support and management of computer-based information systems - particularly software applications and computer hardware (including maintenance), telecommunications and associated consulting services - provide the platform for E-commerce. This world of electronic acquisition, storage, manipulation, control, display, interchange, transmission and reception of data gives rise to a very exciting legal environment.
From a legal perspective, the use of information technology in the form of e-commerce brings in to play the laws of contract, data protection, distance selling, intellectual property and the relevant regulatory provisions which emanate from UK statutes and European Community directives. This requires our lawyers to have a broad yet thorough understanding of each of these areas of law.
You may operate at any link in the e-commerce chain; as an ISP, ASP, SaaS provider, trader, IT hardware or software or systems or telecoms supplier, or a business user. Wherever you are on this chain, we can assist you with your IT legal issues, from web wrap licences through webhosting to WiFi roaming agreements, from on-line trading, SaaS, and ASP requirements to outsourcing and licence agreements.
Please contact us for advice and we will be pleased to explore what we can do for you.