A majority of businesses now allow employees to bring their own electronic devices to use at work, notes Chapman. With the rapid evolution of technology, this policy has quickly become the go-to standard in most workplaces.
However, commingling personal and professional usage, data, and ownership of electronic devices creates challenging legal and security implications. Who owns work-related data on employee-owned devices? The harsh truth is that courts and legislatures have yet to decide that complicated issue, Chapman says.
Chapman, an associate with DiMuroGinsberg in Alexandria, Virginia, is a contributor to Virginia Employment Law Letter.
Whether driven by the younger generation’s need to have the most recent and technologically advanced devices or employers’ attempt to save corporate money, BYOD is the new norm, Chapman says. As the line between business and personal ownership begins to blur, however, corporate security concerns grow.
A recent survey by YouGov and Research Now found that 67 percent of surveyed companies had no policies or procedures to manage employees’ use of personal devices for work purposes, says Chapman. If you are one of the 67 percent, you may be headed for trouble, she says. Here’s why.
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Consider the following scenarios, says Chapman:
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All of those scenarios can occur when you allow your employees to use their own electronic devices at work. Gale Gruman, the executive editor of InfoWorld, has observed that companies have adopted three types of BYOD policies to address these concerns:
None of these policies is “right” or “wrong,” says Chapman. Which type of policy you choose to implement will depend on your business needs.
In tomorrow’s Advisor, Chapman on the legality of accessing personal devices and how to mitigate your security risks, plus an introduction to a unique 10-minutes-at-a-time training program for your supervisors and managers.
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