by Philip L. Gordon, Esq.
As more employees buy smartphones, more of them are using those versatile devices to perform work. That can seem like a win-win for employers. Employees can use their own equipment to stay in touch with office email and download company documents to carry with them and work on at home. The employer avoids a technology expense.
But employees’ use of personal smartphones (and tablets such as iPads) raises risks not present when employees use company-issued devices. When you provide a laptop or phone, IT probably loads it with software to protect its contents from corruption and keep hackers from compromising your network when employees connect to it. You may provide encryption systems to keep sensitive data secure. Plus, you can demand access to the device at any time and require the employee to return it upon termination.
There’s no guarantee your employees’ personal devices are so well-protecte...(register to read more)