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The rapid increase in regulation and IT-related legislation is placing a growing burden on IT managers. Understanding the implications of new rules and their impact on the business is a requirement for all IT managers wishing to be taken seriously at board level, and for all users, whose jobs will be will be affected by the new regulations to some degree.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which come into force on 11 December, will have implications for e-marketing. A one-day conference run by consultancy Privacy Laws and Business on 11 December will address the core issues with expert speakers.
The newly formed E-Business Regulatory Alliance, which monitors the 100+ items of European and UK e-business-related legislation, is having its second meeting, on e-mails and risk later this week.
The IBM Computer Users Association is holding a one-day seminar on legal issues on 10 December, and, for the telecoms community, a key meeting in this area is the European Competitive Telecommunications Association's Fourth Annual Regulatory Conference in Brussels from 10-12 December.
The demands of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and its forthcoming amendments will feature prominently in the British Computer Society's International Conference on Assistive Technology on 2-3 December in London.
For IT managers and users wishing to understand how their boards' views on the coming year are shaping up, the Economist's "The World in 2004" leadership forum, in London on 5 December, could provide some ideas.