The word 'tort' is derived from the Norman French for 'wrong'. The primary purpose of tort law is to compensate victims of 'tortious' activities rather than to punish those responsible for the action. In contrast, a crime tried under criminal law is considered to be an offence against society as a whole.
In today's society, individuals must be aware of what they are doing and how it may affect others around them or be prepared to accept the consequences. This is especially true for those, such as technologists and technicians, with a responsibility, through their professional registration, to protect the public interest.