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Millennium bug: the law steps in

CRIMINAL PROSECUTION under a rarely used section of the Health & Safety at Work Act could be applied to contractors and consultants failing to warn clients of dangers stemming from the year 2000 computer problem.

The Health & Safety Executive made its warning in a report this week on how to identify and prevent malfunctions arising as electronic systems misinterpret dates at the turn of the century. It stresses that duties on manufacturers and suppliers under section 6 of the HSWA extend to taking steps to inform clients of potential problems once they become known.

Clive Seddon, an IT partner in solicitor Masons, said this threat of criminal prosecution under HSAW section 6 was unexpected, and that the clause is not widely used.

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