Users love BYOD but are unaware of privacy implications

Users love BYOD but are unaware of privacy implications

Bring your own device (BYOD) has become increasingly popular with many workers, but a majority of users are still in the dark as to whether their information remains private when stored on a device connected to a corporate network.

A new survey conducted by MobileIron claims that there is a "Trust Gap" in the understanding of BYOD.

It found that 84 per cent of respondents actually own their work smartphone, while the same could be said for 82 per cent of tablet users.

Despite such a large number of employees choosing to use their own device for work, many are still uncertain as to what information their employers can and cannot see or access.

The research discovered that many workers do harbour fears over what data is accessible to their superior members of staff.

Only 30 per cent of respondents claimed that they completely trusted their employer to keep their personal information private.

Companies often already hold a large amount of information on the people who work for them including health history, criminal background checks and family data.

However, because devices used as part of a BYOD strategy are often accessed for personal purposes too, many workers feel that it blurs the line between their private and work lives, and it is clear that there is a lack of trust in companies to maintain such a distinction.

Surprisingly, 41 per cent of users are positive that their boss cannot see anything on their devices, with only 28 per cent of workers believing their emails to be accessible.

In fact, almost all company emails can be seen by employers, due to the fact that they travel through the business' servers.

It seems that many users underestimate the visibility of the corporate data stored on their device, and overestimate the level of personal information accessible to employers.

For instance, around 15 per cent of those surveyed believed that their personal text messages are viewable.

In reality, even if employers wanted to, it would be difficult to gain access to the personal email, texts, photos, videos, voicemail and web activity of employees.

But companies could gain information on what carrier their employees are using, the make and model of their device, what version of operating system is installed, their phone number, location and what apps are installed.