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Employees Fret Over BYOD-Related Privacy Issues

Employees Fret Over BYOD-Related Privacy Issues
Date: 1st October 2012

by Iain James

The accelerating BYOD (bring your own device) trend has been the subject of numerous research initiatives but most of them delve into the problems it creates for employers, mostly of a security nature. Now Harris has conducted a poll on behalf of Fiberlink, revealing that employees are no less concerned about having their personally identifiable information (PII) accessed and collected by their companies.

Perhaps few business users are aware of the fact that some employers can track the location of their workers at all hours, view the applications they have installed on their mobile devices or delete personal data such as photographs and music. This is possible in cases when an employee "opts in" to a mobile device management application - the solution that allows companies to manage BYOD, security, policy enforcement and apps. But while workers may not be fully aware of what their bosses can do, they apparently know enough to be seriously disconcerted by the possibility of having their PPI accessed and are unwilling to allow it.

Harris established that 82% of the survey participants viewed their employer's ability to track their location as invasion of privacy and the same proportion said they were concerned or extremely concerned about having their browsing history monitored (referring to activities outside working hours). In addition, 76% stated that they would not allow their company to view the applications installed on their personal mobile devices, while 75% said they would not go along with an installation made by their employer. The proportion of those without any concerns about the tracking activities of their employers stood at 15%.


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