A Manager's Guide to IT Law (2nd ed)

Jeremy Holt and Jeremy Newton

Published by

BCS

ISBN

9781906124755

RRP

£29.99

Reviewed by

Peter Wheatcroft CEng FIET FBCS CITP FCMI

Score

10 out of 10

A Manager's Guide To IT LawI saw the first edition of this book in 2004 and looked forward to reading the second edition as soon as it was published. My expectations were high and have not been disappointed at all - the new publication is very relevant and, like the earlier volume, is packed with information that we as IT professionals need.

Some of the chapters cover the same ground as the first edition did, quite rightly so as topics like IT contracts and data protection are even more important now than ever before.

The content has been expanded to include new areas such as cloud computing and WEEE Regulations that were not envisaged at the time the first book was written and it is these new topics that make it an important read.

Each chapter contains case studies and references at the end that sum up the key points and so it is very useful as an ongoing point of reference as well as a source of knowledge.

It is designed to be easy to access the information as each chapter covers a separate topic and it isn’t until readers see the extensive range of topics covered that they will fully appreciate how important law is to IT work.

The book is structured into 14 chapters - one per topic - over 183 pages and everything is properly indexed.

The book does not assume any prior legal knowledge and it is designed for non-specialists to be able to understand how to engage with the various issues and the legal profession who will understand them fully.

In this context, it’s a great book to have in the office to act as a checklist for IT managers, or even for commercial contract specialists who may not appreciate the full range of issues that needs to be covered in a new supplier agreement.

The authors have provided advice for business managers but it would be interesting to see if, in the long term, supply side managers also find it of use to help them avoid problems or to adapt their conditions of contract to ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

Further information: BCS

March 2012