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Advice to those travelling

Purpose: To encourage barristers to plan ahead in relation to appropriate IT provision, remote access and hardware encrypted USB drive use when away from Chambers.
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Information Technology Panel
First reviewed: 01/12/2017
Last reviewed: 01/06/2023
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

Your primary concern in planning Information Technology (IT) for travel should be the potential impact of the loss or compromise of any confidential information or personal data on a device lost or in a computer account accessed by a third party. We recommend assessing, minimising and further mitigating risks associated with taking work away or accessing work from afar, particularly when travelling abroad. Barristers should always evaluate whether their proposed use of IT follows best practice in relation to computer security and data security. The risks extend beyond any financial loss for replacement of a lost or stolen laptop or mobile device to reputational damage and professional conduct matters which could involve the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and/or the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of information security. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor bodies regulating information security nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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