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“BYOD” Requires Management of Legal Risks

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“BYOD” Requires Management of Legal Risks

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Bring Your Own Device, or “BYOD”, continues to grow in popularity. As an example, over the past 18 months, the State of Michigan has quadrupled the number of employees using their own devices on the job. Michigan’s goal is to have 90% of employees on the program by the end of 2018.

Rolling out BYOD programs should include a device management program designed to address legal risks, including the security of sensitive data on personal devices, employees’ expectation of privacy, if any, and the retrieval of information necessary in litigation or similar proceedings.

A recent survey by Bitglass found that over 70 percent of organizations are employing BYOD but less than 15 percent have adopted a mobile application management solution (MAMS). The State of Michigan pays a monthly subscription fee for each of its workers using their own device to securely access their work data.

Get more information on Michigan’s BYOD program here and a summary of the April 2016 Bitglass survey here. Contact us at Ossian Law regarding any information technology law matter.

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