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HR Magazine quotes Anne-Marie Balfour on the importance of protecting employee data

Construction firm Interserve has been handed a £4.4 million fine by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after hackers stole the personal data of 113,000 current and former employers.

Anne-Marie Balfour, Legal Director, provides comment for HR Magazine on the importance of protecting employee data.

She told HR magazine: "The decision highlights the high standards expected of employers, and the extent and importance of the steps employers need to take to protect information about employees that is stored on their systems. Having the correct policies and privacy notices in place are the foundations, but training, risk assessing and monitoring, as well as up to date and thorough technical input are also essential."

"Employers and employees alike need to be mindful of their obligations under data protection laws. For example, in an entirely different context, the ICO has successfully prosecuted individual employees for misusing personal data obtained at work, resulting in fines and criminal convictions for these employees."

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