CS955 – Information Law

Credits 10
Level 5
Semester 1
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 11 (2 hours) | Tutorials: 0 | Labs: 0
Assignments: 42 | Self study: 46
Assessment Individual assignment (50%) and exam (50%).
Resit TBC
Lecturer David McMenemy

General Aims

This module aims to:

  • provide students with an understanding of the legal and regulatory issues facing information and computing professionals.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students will:

  • Understand the laws relating to the delivery of information services;
  • Be aware of the implication for society of the various legal issues related to information and computing work;
  • Understand the legal framework in which criminal investigations involving digital evidence are carried out.


  • Data protection
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Freedom of information
  • Legislation governing the gathering and use of digital evidence
  • The law and cryptography
  • Trans-jurisdictional issues

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Pandora’s Box: social and professional issues of the information age. Adams, Andrew A. and McCrindle, Rachel J. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. 2008 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Staying legal. Armstrong, C. and Bebbington, L.W. 2nd ed. Facet. 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1856044387 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Digital Evidence and Computer Crime. Casey, Eoghan. Elsevier. 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0121631048 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

A handbook of ethical practice: a practical guide to dealing with ethical issues in information and library work. McMenemy, D., Poulter, A. and Burton, P.F. Chandos. 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1843342304 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

Essential law for information professionals. 2nd ed. Pedley, P. Facet. 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1856045520 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)

The Internet, law and society. Walker, C., Wall, D. and Akdeniz, Y. Longman. 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0582356566 | Stocked at Amazon (Other retailers are available)