Imagine that one of your employees just notified you that he lost his cell phone at a restaurant last evening. It was his personal cell phone, but, like many of your employees, he regularly used it to send company emails and to access confidential company information. As the employer, what are you to do? Can you have the cell phone remotely wiped clean?
Bring your own device (BYOD) arrangements, whether formally instituted or not, are common in many workplaces, and it is not hard to see why. These situations — where employees connect their own personal devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) to their employer’s email systems and other applications — permit employees to freely choose their own devices, while providing a significant cost savings to employers.