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Data protection and security when working from home

Purpose: To provide assistance to barristers on IT security and compliance matters when working from home
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Information Technology Panel
First reviewed: 20/03/2020
Last reviewed: 20/03/2020
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.

The Bar Council is aware that, with the coronavirus outbreak and the current situation, many barristers will be working from home almost permanently. The following is advice on how to remain compliant and how to keep your data and devices secure while doing so.


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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 refer to the professional practice and ethics section of the Bar Council’s website here.

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