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URGENT HELP - company accessing my personal data.

Cyrus Avatar
9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
could someone please confirm if there is an "Act" or something against allowing the company to look into my work macine which has my personal data in it ?
Cyrus Avatar
9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
yeh -"data protection act" i think it is

The company you work for is not allowed to access your files at all


If you know they are accessing your info you probs wanna call someone or confront them
#2
data protection act doesnt apply if you have signed an IT policy that forbids personal files on a work pc.
#3
If it is their work machine, it is their property, and they have the right to access it...
#4
MinstrelMan
data protection act doesnt apply if you have signed an IT policy that forbids personal files on a work pc.


its not really personal files but rather saved information on my browser of data to log into my bank etc.
#5
change your bank log in credentials - ring them and tell them your security may have been comprimised they'll lock down t'internet account straight away.
#6
emmajk42
If it is their work machine, it is their property, and they have the right to access it...


hi emma

thats not true - they gave me a machine to use and i used it while at work. They do not allow you to connect up your own machine at work so how do you check your bank account online ? Its their duty to tell me they need the machine and i wipe all personal data and give it back to them.
#7
Where ever I have worked if you use a works machine they can access the Data at any time!!
#8
MinstrelMan
change your bank log in credentials - ring them and tell them your security may have been comprimised they'll lock down t'internet account straight away.


its not just that tho ... i have access all my accounts from there and saved the passwords. I did not know tey will need my machine and now i am not in the office but on site in brussels and they are saying they want the machine. surely they cannot access my private files without my agreement. They just want to use the machine to run a database from there but get local admin rights so can access all my details "IF" they want (im assuming they do)
#9
Cyrus
hi emma

thats not true - they gave me a machine to use and i used it while at work. They do not allow you to connect up your own machine at work so how do you check your bank account online ? Its their duty to tell me they need the machine and i wipe all personal data and give it back to them.


They aren't bound to this. as far as they're concerend its a work machine for work use only. Usually someone will ask out of courtasy if you have anything you need to remove before you give it back, but they arent obliged too.

Its down to an individual if they choose to use your information to access your account. only then do you have a leg to stand on, and it isnt against the company its against them
#10
Cyrus
hi emma

thats not true - they gave me a machine to use and i used it while at work. They do not allow you to connect up your own machine at work so how do you check your bank account online ? Its their duty to tell me they need the machine and i wipe all personal data and give it back to them.



but should you be doing personal stuff at work? therefore your details shouldnt be on there :thumbsup:
#11
BECKYBOO
Where ever I have worked if you use a works machine they can access the Data at any time!!


the work can (like IT department or your manager) but not colleagues.
#12
Can't you just ask for the data to be wiped?
#13
accessing my data with my user/pass or local admin rights is the same thing ... its like going into a house from the front door or back door ... still got inside when unauthorised to do so.

so are you guys saying i dont have a leg to stand on with this ... ive studied computer crime and I swear there was something about unauthorised access to machines.
#14
Iom-RF
Can't you just ask for the data to be wiped?


I wish I could but im not in the office for another 6-7 weeks and i dont want it wiped, but rather copy it over to my new machine. I saved the passwords so dont remember a lot of them !
[mod]#15
loupomm
but should you be doing personal stuff at work? therefore your details shouldnt be on there :thumbsup:


:thumbsup:

And no, you haven't a leg to stand on. It is their machine and provided to you to do specific work. Data protection act doesn't cover this as it would be an open loophole for all the sicko paedophiles in this world.

You'll find a lot of companies monitor what there employees are doing and looking at on the PC. It's reasonable for them to do so.
#16
Its only unauthorised access if its your property and there should be no private data on a works machine.

Do you not trust the company with your details?...........
banned#17
Syzable
:thumbsup:

And no, you haven't a leg to stand on. It is their machine and provided to you to do specific work. Data protection act doesn't cover this as it would be an open loophole for all the sicko paedophiles in this world.

You'll find a lot of companies monitor what there employees are doing and looking at on the PC. It's reasonable for them to do so.



I used to work for a company which employed a person to sit in a room and from his computer, he could see whatever anyone else in the company was doing on theirs. It was to stop people from messing around and time wasting.
#18
thats it !
Certain documents you make automatically become copyrighted to you. Hence, they are not allowed to perform any function on the machine that would copy/move the file or view it on the current machine.
#19
Cyrus
so are you guys saying i dont have a leg to stand on with this ... ive studied computer crime and I swear there was something about unauthorised access to machines.

It depends on your companies IT policy which most companies make you sign up for when you sign your contract with work.

As the machine is property of your company and not your own then it is usually in your contract that it is for work purposes only, but they may include a fair use policy, like browsing the internet during your lunch.

If IT wish to access your machine then they can log in as the administrator and do what they like with it, if one of your work colleagues needs access then if it is a fairly big company they could goto HR with a valid reason and they could then request access.

Best thing to do is to leave nothing personal on there in the first place :thumbsup:

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