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Bringing Own Computer (BYOPC) to Work. Any law in Malaysia to protect employee privacy?

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asked on Sep 18, 2019 at 02:37
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edited on Jan 8, 2020 at 17:35
 
I was offered a job and during the interview my employer mentioned that I would only be provided a computer next year (no specific timeline) and that I had to bring in my own computer for work. Before accepting the offer letter, I had spoken to the Human Resources (HR) regarding the issue and they came back to me and mentioned that they will be providing me a computer and software needed for work. Since my request had been answered, I went in and accepted the offer letter and signed.

However a day before I started my job, I received a call from HR that I was required to bring in my own computer for work on my first day. Are there any laws to protect employee privacy and data should the employer insist to search my computer or to wipe my computer clean for their use? Are there any laws to state that the employer must provide compensation to employees whom are required to use their own devices, as the employee carries the risk of their computer malfunctioning at work or lost/stolen to/fro from work as well as wear and tear from usage?

I have search the net and I mostly found articles on Cybersafety for Bringing your own device (BYOD) by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) or how BYOD is the current trend at work.
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answered on Sep 18, 2019 at 07:55
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You seem to start work with a combative attitude (fighting with your employer). In such a situation, I suggest that you don't start work there. No employer wants to hire anybody who wants to fight with them.
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answered on Sep 18, 2019 at 08:27
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Hmmm. I'm sorry if I sounded combative but it is a genuine question as I have been in a similar situation and my computer did malfunction at work. I had to pay for repairs and go around finding for a computer to loan, so forgive me if it seemed that I am being combative, I generally do want to know what laws are there should I be in the same situation again.
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answered on Sep 18, 2019 at 14:34
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It all depends how much or badly you need this job. If you don't really need this job to survive, maybe best to give it up so you don't have to figures out the 'what ifs' and laws to apply if you still don't receive the company computer. Reason is your mind time will be taken up figuring out the what ifs instead of focusing on proving yourself and your performance as an untested new employee in a probationary period.
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answered on Sep 22, 2019 at 17:52
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Yea. Resigning next month. For the time being I should bring color pencils and paper to do design work since they want to hire a designer but without the tools lol.
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