AIFF Takes Action Against Officials Over Leak of Woman Employee's Personal Data

AIFF takes action against senior officials accused of leaking a woman employee's personal details on social media. The organization files a complaint with Delhi Police and implements a Prevention of Sexual Harassment policy to ensure a safe work environment.

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Bijay Laxmi
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AIFF Takes Action Against Officials Over Leak of Woman Employee's Personal Data

AIFF Takes Action Against Officials Over Leak of Woman Employee's Personal Data

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is taking decisive action against senior officials accused of leaking a woman employee's personal details on social media. The incident, which occurred in New Delhi, has prompted the AIFF's Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to recommend swift measures to address the breach of confidentiality.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the need for organizations to prioritize data privacy and take swift action against those who violate it, especially when it comes to sensitive information about employees. Failure to do so can lead to a loss of trust and damage to the organization's reputation.

The ICC convened on Friday at the Football House to investigate the allegations and submitted its findings in a report. While the committee determined that the alleged breaches of confidentiality and IT policies fall outside its jurisdiction, it strongly urged the AIFF to take prompt action against all types of violations to safeguard the rights of its employees.

The AIFF had already taken proactive steps by filing an official complaint with the Cyber Crime Unit of the Delhi Police on May 7, 2024, regarding the allegations. The organization has pledged its full cooperation with the authorities and remains optimistic about a positive resolution once the investigation concludes.

M Satyanarayan, the Acting Secretary General of the AIFF, emphasized the organization's commitment to protecting its staff members, stating, "We are fully committed to upholding the integrity and confidentiality of all our staff members who we keep in high regard. In light of the complaint received, we are doing everything to take things to a logical conclusion. Apart from the ICC meeting, we have already filed an official complaint with the Cyber Crime Unit of the Delhi Police who have assured us of all help to get to the root of the problem at the earliest." said Satyanarayan.

The incident has raised concerns about the safety and well-being of employees within the AIFF. In March 2024, the same woman employee had approached the ICC with a verbal complaint accusing a male colleague of harassment. Although the committee met to discuss the matter, no action was taken as she did not file an official complaint following assurances of safeguarding her interests. The AIFF later closed the investigation on April 4, stating that the complaint had been withdrawn.

In a positive development, the AIFF executive committee approved the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (PoSH) policy at the workplace on Wednesday, aimed at ensuring a safe and inclusive environment within the football fraternity. The policy is set to be implemented with immediate effect.

The AIFF's swift response to the recent allegations and its commitment to implementing the PoSH policy demonstrate its dedication to fostering a secure and respectful work environment for all its employees. As theinvestigation bythe Cyber Crime Unit of the Delhi Police progresses, the football community awaits the outcome, hoping for a resolution that upholds the principles of confidentiality and employee welfare.