Work from home: Ensuring data security a challenging task for businesses

Both employers, employees are liable for data breach from home

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India doesn’t have a data protection law or a dedicated law on cybersecurity. Also, there is no specialised law on privacy.

Sudipto Dey
As work from home (WFH) becomes the new normal — at least for the next few weeks —businesses are rushing to put in place more structured WFH policies, say employment law experts. 

While business continuity is the primary concern of most corporates, what complicates the matter is the need to ensure the security of client data even in a WFH scenario.
“Companies need to quickly realise that when they are allowing work from home, including mission-critical work, they become intermediaries under the Information Technology Act 2000. Hence, they are duty-bound to comply with the parameters of due diligence and other compliances under the Indian cyber law, rules and regulations,” says cyber law expert Pavan Duggal.

First Published: Mar 29 2020 | 8:44 PM IST

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