Don't put personal stuff on your personal BYOD smartphone
Employees should not put personal information on their own smartphones if they use them at work, advises James Kendrick with ZDNet.
While the smartphone may be owned by the employee, the employer can get access to the phone if it is used for work through a BYOD policy.
"What you must realize is that your employer may insist at some point to scrutinize what's on your BYOD phone….Yes, it's your personal phone but the BYOD situation means it's also the same as a work-provided phone," he writes.
Kendrick advises employees not to keep personal stuff on their BYOD phone. "That may defeat the purpose of using your own phone for work but that's the harsh reality," he says.
"If the company IT people need to see your phone, it's out of your hands--literally--and there's nothing you can do about. At that point it's only sort of your phone," he concludes.
This privacy risk is similar to one in which an employee might have to turn over their personal smartphones as part of court case or regulatory proceeding. In fact, employees could even be dragged into litigation by agreeing to a BYOD policy, we warn in a previous article.
Employers also face BYOD privacy risks, since they could face privacy lawsuits from employees if they look at personal information on smartphones, whether personally owned or corporate owned.
- read Kendrick's article