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Did they, at anytime after you moved department, confirm they would provide you with another laptop; in writing or verbally?
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Many thanks for your patience. There is certainly no requirement for employers to issue their employees with work laptops – whether they do so depends entirely on the nature of the work and the employer’s own policies. Even if someone’s work involves a lot of work on a computer and they have to do that remotely, the employer is under no legal obligation to issue them with a laptop to allow them to do the work remotely so you cannot really ague that they should have issued you with a work laptop as they are simply not in any way required to have done so.
In terms of asking you to provide a report during annual leave, again there is nothing that says they cannot ask you to do this. If you really did not want to you could have told them that you are on holiday and cannot do anything work-related – whilst they could not have forced you to do it, it could have been frowned upon by management if you did not show you were willing to go out of your way when asked to.
So I am afraid it is going to be rather difficult for you to try and apportion some of the blame to your employer for not issuing you with a laptop or for asking you to do this whilst on holiday. These are not directly responsible for what happened, in the end you would have had the obligation to ensure data protection has not been breached, whether you did this on a work laptop or during annual leave or not.
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