Route1 Inc., a Toronto-based digital security and identity management company whose customers include the federal government and the U.S. Department of Defense, this week released a white paper entitled “Avoiding BYOD Legal Issues.”
The paper outlines the wave of emerging legal pitfalls facing the enterprise with respect to the current BYOD practices of blending personal and enterprise data on mobile devices.
The firm says that 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.
According to the white paper, as the workforce becomes more disgruntled about BYOD security policies, enterprises may face mass litigation soon, with no clarity on how to react.
“Along with security concerns, BYOD has brought the potential of major legal issues for the enterprise to the forefront of senior management discussions,” said Tony Busseri, CEO of Route1.
“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.”
Further information is available at www.route1.com.