Unit 9 – Constraints – Regulation – D1

With any area of IT that involves the use of any materials both external and internal, there is the legal and contractual regulations which can be associated with a website project. With regards to legal this can apply to many different areas that contribute to the usability of a website, as well as the information which is to be saved and utilised from the user once they enter. The first example of this could be with the use of the Disability Discrimination Act (originally published in 1995, repealed by the Equality Act 2010). This is a rather simple act to follow as it applies to the addition of both the content and the usability of a website, for example with the content using any discriminatory content on the website can be flagged under the act as offensive and targeting a group or person. With usability it becomes a bit of a grey area when taking into consideration what is the standard for allowing usability across different websites, this especially important when realising that this is a subject that is varied enough where compromise and interpretation can prove to be an issue.

Another act which could be vital when developing a website is with the DPA 2018 (Data Protection Act 2018 revision). Although it would apply to every website as some do not utilise even the most basic of data gathering tools, it can apply to more larger groups within the website world. An example of this can be with both E-commerce websites (Ebay, Amazon) and social media (Facebook, Twitter). Since both categories are quite large spread there is the presence of a significant user base, with that large spread user base comes a flood of personal information that is attached to each individual. A malpractice before the act revision was with these websites not clearly displaying what and how the information is utilised by the different companies. With the revision meant that all data used by the websites would be required by law to be explained to the user through outreaching messaging. What this means it that unlike the policies in place before the act revision where said information about the use of data could be lucratively hidden away, this cannot be done anymore with an obvious explicit message being put up front and centre, basically getting in the face of the user to provide the information. Though this is not a flawless system as the intentional interruptions made by these messages can have the undesired effect of those unknowingly giving away information for time and conveniences sake.