This article explores how data loss prevention (DLP) software may be deployed by organizations to protect their data and information and the legal implications of the use of DLP software with respect to the rights of the organization’s employees and External Parties. DLP software protects corporate information; provides reporting information to meet compliance and auditing requirements (e.g. the requirement of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations on data protection audits); protects the intellectual property and trade secrets of the organization; and ensures data visibility. These are vital issues that are necessary to protect the business of organizations. Below we look at: (i) the background to the use of DLP software; (ii) implementation of DLP software; (iii) possible infringement of privacy rights; (iv) compliance with the NDPR, and (v) how employers can monitor employee online activities within the purview of the law.
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