Databases can be a valuable commercial asset and it takes time and money to create and maintain them.
A database and the data contained within it are both protected by law. This includes the architecture and construction of the database where there has been a substantial investment of financial, labour or technical resource and not just the data it contains.
The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997, together with the European equivalent Legal Protection of Databases Directive 96/9/EC protect the time and investment of database creation.
Customer data is currently regulated against abuse by the Data Protection Act 1998, although some data may also fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Data can also be acquired via the internet and websites, therefore requiring consideration of relevant legislation such as the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 and the reciprocal Electronic Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC.
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