Information Technology Act Research Paper

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Information Technology Act
University of Phoenix
Information Technology Act As technology evolves over the years to make our everyday life easier we have become more dependent on that technology in every aspect of our daily lives. From laptops to cell phones we are constantly connected to the world, and in turn so has the threat of invasion of privacy. The Do Not Call Act of 1991 was centered on individuals and their home phone or landlines as we now like to refer to them, but in 2003 the Federal Government had to broaden the scope of the “Do Not Call Act” because of the introduction and growth in popularity of both cell phone and fax machines. Telemarketing has been sore spot to the American since the early 1980’s, and the advances in technology allowing telemarketing companies to integrate automatic telephone dialing systems into their infrastructure to reach greater number of consumers than ever before. These automatic dialing systems not only allowed telemarketers to reach a greater number of consumers but also gave them another outlet for telemarketing, the fax machine. The telemarketing to fax machine became a large problem to both consumers and companies alike. When telemarketers call your house it was annoying but you could either hang up or not answer, but when they started sending unsolicited faxes to fax machines around the US it became a financial burden to both consumers and businesses. From the cost of paper for each fax or the time lost waiting for the fax machine, this started to have a negative affect on companies operating budgets. So the Government had to step in and take a wider view of how telemarketers were using technology to invade the privacy of the American people and pass laws reducing the financial impact of unscrupulous telemarketers around the US.
The Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 was enacted to protect children at schools and libraries from pornographic, obscene or other offensive materials over the Internet. As computers became another tool for educators, so did the threat of exposure to offensive material over the Internet to our young children. The benefits that come along with using technology in the development of our children also have negative side effect, Congress identified these issues and legislated regulations for schools and libraries that receive funds from the E-rate…