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Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) highlights data protection and social media challenges

BY Ian Watson
Employment law
BG Purple

A recent article in People Management magazine provides a timely reminder that HR needs to safeguard personal and company data as more staff work on their own smartphones and tablets and this could impinge on organisations’ control of staff usage of social media. 

A recent survey by IT analysts Ovum revealed that 67 per cent of employees who own a smartphone, and 69 per cent who own a tablet, use them for work purposes. It may increase productivity and flexibility for employees, and reduce costs for employers, but there are drawbacks. Another survey, by recruitment specialist Modis, showed that over half of all employees never consider the security implications when uploading or downloading data to their device.

The increase in ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) in workplaces can present considerable risks for an organisation, which HR should not leave to the IT department alone to resolve, says the PM article.

It seems obvious therefore that employers should ensure that a BYOD policy is developed which also ties in with the organisation’s IT, data protection, disciplinary and social media policies. 

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