When employees use their personal smartphones for work purposes, it raises risks not present when they use company-issued devices.
IT probably loads company-provided phones with software to protect it from corruption and keep hackers at bay. There’s no guarantee your employees’ personal devices are so well-protected, leaving your proprietary information at risk in the event of loss or theft.
That’s why, in advance, you need to obtain permission to “kill” employees’ phones. A kill command sends a remote signal to wipe clean the phone’s memory. For a small fee (paid in advance), most cell phone carriers offer such a service.
Sending a kill command to a personal device without the employee’s prior consent could violate federal and state computer trespass laws, which generally prohibit unauthorized destruction of information stored on someone else’s computer.
That’s why you should obtain employees’ written consent to send a kill command to any personal device. You should also have employees sign a release absolving you of liability for any damage to personal files—such as music, photos and e-books—deleted by a kill command.