Bring your own device: managing the risks

Bring your own device: managing the risks

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - the practice of employees routinely using their personal laptops, mobiles and other internet connected devices for work - has become increasingly common over recent years, with one survey suggesting that BYOD has already been taken up by over half of UK workers. Using a single device at home and at work can pay dividends for both employees and employers in terms of convenience, increased efficiency and reduced cost. But there are also various risks that need to be managed, especially in the case of law firms which handle sensitive client data.

BYOD is an attractive option for lawyers who occasionally need to work remotely but practice managers should work with HR departments to ensure that appropriate policies are in place to minimise any negative consequences. Although there has been scant case law in the UK specifically dealing with BYOD issues, a few international cases can serve as good examples of what to look out for.

Protecting the data of clients and employees

In the case of Rajaee v. Design Tech Homes, the smart phone used by an employee was remotely restored to its factory settings by his company when he tendered his resignation. This deleted all of the data on the phone - both belonging to the company and to the individual. The former employee lodged a claim under the equivalent of the Computer Misuse Act, which makes it illegal to secure unauthorised access to data held on a computer. He lost his cl

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About the author:
Alex Heshmaty is a legal copywriter and journalist with a particular interest in legal technology. He runs Legal Words, a legal copywriting and marketing agency based in Bristol.