Q:  BYOD (Bring your own device) is standard for our employees.  What, if any, are the risks for BYOD when compared to company-provided devices?

A:  Although the vast majority of most employers now allow employees to use personal handheld devices in the workplace, this practice is catching many off guard.  In many ways, unlike Company-provided phones or email access, BYOD creates unexpected liability and exposure to the company.

Below are but a few of the risks:

  • Computer Security Issues – often employee provided devices have few security features than other devices typically provided by employers.
  • Data integrity – there are greater risks to an employer’s confidential and proprietary information with the use of BYOD.
  • Issues following termination – there are more issues involving who owns/controls the data on the device following termination, including who “owns” the phone number.
  • OT issues – as more non-exempt employees are allowed to use hand held devices at work (or for work), there is a greater risk of overtime claims.
  • Scope of monitoring – although not insurmountable, there are more issues surrounding an employer’s right and ability to monitor, for legitimate reason, personal devices used for work.
  • IT issues – depending on the infrastructure, there could be system issues with allowing employees to use BYODs, including bandwidth and congestion issues.

Topics:  Bring Your Own Device, Confidentiality, Data Protection, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Risk Assessment, Wage and Hour

Published In: General Business Updates, Labor & Employment Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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