Toronto, ON–In a recently released white paper on “Avoiding Bring Your Own Device Legal Issues” Route1, Inc., a Toronto, Ontario based security and ID management company said that BYOD is a rapidly growing trend with workers conducting business on their personal mobile devices.
But many legal implications are now emerging regarding BYOD security policy, the company suggested.
The paper outlines the wave of emerging legal pitfalls facing enterprises with respect to the current BYOD practices of commingling of personal and enterprise data on mobile devices, said a company release.
Route 1, whose customers include the Federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard and other Canadian government organizations as well as U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, said that there have been a rash of security breaches in Canada over the past year.
The legality of the common practice of remotely wiping or tracking an employee’s mobile device while asking workers to sign waivers giving their consent for such a policy “remains highly ambiguous, as there is little to no case law in this area,” said the paper.
“Along with security concerns, BYOD has brought the potential of major legal issues for the Enterprise to the forefront of senior management discussions. Many current BYOD corporate policies leave enterprise data unprotected in the event of a security breach and during an employee’s exit from the company. The policy of tracking and wiping an employee’s personal device opens the Enterprise up to the potential for mass litigation,” said Tony Busseri, CEO of Route1.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, the current standard of legally questionable BYOD security, is “ineffective and inflicts extensive hard and soft costs on the Enterprise,” he added.
Route1’s flagship technology MobiKEY, allows employees to work on their personal devices while keeping the enterprise data behind the company firewall, thus eliminating the need to wipe or track employee devices, said Busseri.
“Route1’s MobiKEY technology eliminates current BYOD legal concerns. The MobiKEY device prevents data from leaving the Enterprise network, thus keeping information secure. This system prevents the need for a company to potentially invade an employee’s privacy rights, removing the threat of litigation,” he said.