BYOD; make sure you’re covered

Businesses should set up formal agreements with employees before they allow them to use their own laptops and mobile devices at work. Companies are rapidly moving towards bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies that encourage employees to use their own devices at work. But they risk falling foul of privacy regulations if they make any changes to an employee’s device, without their permission.

Businesses have a legal duty to protect corporate information. This means that they may need to install security certificates, tracking software, and software to wipe data on their employees’ devices, if they are used to access corporate data.

Businesses should work with employees to draw up a BYOD policy that makes it clear what access the corporate IT department will have to personal devices and how employees are expected to handle company data.

 

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