Company directors risk large fines or even imprisonment if they do not have the right IT policies in place to govern computers leased to employees under the Home Computing Initiative (HCI).
Up to two-thirds of businesses involved in the HCI did not know they were liable for any inappropriate or illegal activities by home users or their families, according to research from Fast Corporate Services.
The company warned that during the lease period, PCs used at home technically still belong to the company. Firms need staff to sign an agreement stating that any additions made to the original software specification are the user’s own responsibility. They also need to make them aware of the risks of wireless home working.