Survey Exposes Concerns About Employee Privacy for BYOD

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Business users expressed a great deal of concern about their employers looking into their lives. In fact, very few respondents expressed no concern.

  • 82 percent are concerned to extremely concerned about their employers tracking websites they browse on personal devices during non-work time
  • 86 percent are concerned to extremely concerned about the unauthorized deletion of their personal pictures, music, and email profiles
  • Only 15 percent are not at all concerned about employers tracking their location during non-work time
  • Only 15 percent are not at all concerned about employers tracking personal apps installed on their devices

Fiberlink, a leader in cloud-based solutions for secure mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), recently announced the results of a Harris survey revealing that business users are alarmed about employers' ability to access and collect personally identifiable information (PII) through mobile devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Androids.

As the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend sweeps across the business world, it raises a significant management challenge for companies and has implications that go beyond the IT department. Although many may not know it, some employers are able to track employee locations during work and non-work hours, which applications they've installed and review or delete personal pictures and music.

Location and app inventory information is available whenever employees "opt-in" to a mobile device management application – the solution that enables BYOD, security, policy enforcement, and app management for many organizations. The removal of personal files, pictures and music is also possible, even if the user is simply getting access to corporate email through Exchange ActiveSync. Unless they are specifically informed through an acceptable user agreement and mobile policy, many employees have no idea that this is possible.

The Fiberlink-commissioned Harris survey found that business users are overwhelmingly concerned, and would not allow employers to have this access into their personal lives.


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