Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Legal Protection of The Employee in Malaysia

  • Muammar Kamil Abd. Mohsin Harun M. Hashim Law Centre, Level 2, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, PO Box 10, 50728, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Zuraini Ab Hamid Department of Legal Practice, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, P. O. Box 10, 50728, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Keywords: BYOD, WFH, Employee, Internet

Abstract

Due to the portability of the devices and the broad coverage of the Internet access provided by the telecommunication carrier, the usage of mobile devices is not only limited to personal matters but has also been used to perform work-related tasks. The practice has led to the emergence of Bring Your Own Device ("BYOD") practice. BYOD has become popular because the companies can extend their confidence and trust in the employee, leading to an efficient team of human resources. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven millions of employees to change their working practice from being physically in the office to adapting Work from Home ("WFH") practice. Unfortunately, BYOD has shown its bias toward the employees when there is a violation of employees' rights on working hours and privacy issues. Employees believe that the current legal system in Malaysia is insufficient to safeguard them against unfair BYOD practices. This study investigates the BYOD practice of using employees' personal mobile devices for work purposes and the worry regarding the employee's data stored on the devices when used for work and personal purposes. This report also suggests introducing Malaysian binding guidelines or policies to include a device definition and standardise BYOD practice in the workplace. This strategy is critical for protecting both employers and employees when introducing a BYOD policy at work.

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Published
2022-07-29
How to Cite
Abd. Mohsin, M. K. and Ab Hamid, Z. (2022) “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Legal Protection of The Employee in Malaysia”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(7), p. e001609. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i7.1609.
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