Homeworking and Document Security

Homeworking and Document Security

In the week that we have National Shred Day, we’re receiving reports of the Information Commissioner’s Office upholding a complaint against an employer who failed to dispose of sensitive data securely where an employee was working from home.

This is a reminder to all employers who now allow homeworking to ensure that documented processes are in place to deal with personal and confidential information that is printed.

Steps should include:

    • Prohibiting the disposal of work papers in domestic rubbish.
    • Ensuring waste documents are returned to office premises and collection from office premises of documents and shredding by a reputable disposal service.
    • Penalties for failure in this area can be high not to mention the reputational damage to any business that fails to keep data secure.

A clear, simple policy for dealing with the issue for homeworkers should be all that is required.

If you have any employment law related questions, please contact Trula Brunsdon on 01242250039 or at trula@sherborneslaw.co.uk.

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