September 1, 2017
Authored by: Bryan Cave, David Zetoony and John Bush
Many retailers permit their employees to use personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to access company-specific information, such as email, under a Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy. BYOD policies can be popular for employees that want to use hand-picked devices and for retailers that want to avoid the cost of providing, and maintaining, company-owned devices. Nonetheless, the use of company data on non-company devices implicates both security and privacy considerations.
A reported 40 percent of companies offer BYOD to all employees, according to a survey by Crowd Research Partners. Security concerns, data leakage, and malware were all listed as top concerns of retailers in allowing BYOD.
Consider the following when deciding upon a BYOD policy:
Is the scope of your control over employees’ mobile devices consistent with your company’s interest? Retailers should consider why they have an interest in knowing about their employees’ mobile devices; that