Monday, October 01, 2012

BYOD=Bring Your Own Device(s): Changes classroom/campus/jobs technologically, pedagogically, financially, legally, ethically...

"employees like the convenience and employers think it’ll save them money, but there are real legal risks and privacy concerns on both sides...[employers ask if they should] require employees to install software that would allow the company to wipe out data remotely if they lose their phone."

- this and excerpts quoted below from:  "A minefield of legal risks come with 'bring your own device' policies," by Catherine Ho, Published: September 30, 2012 online and October 1, 2012 in print by Washington Post.  Article discusses growing legal risks as businesses permit/urge/require employees to use their own "smart" devices in the workplace...  
Probably even more complex implications for academia.  How many students are already recording classes with/without permission?  How many faculty and other colleagues are already recording meetings with/without permission?  

When I fly, I always count how many spy devices - not limited to those included in most new phones, tablets, laptops! - are offered in the Sky Mall catalogs provided for most airline passengers.  And for even greater convenience and more surprises, search within Amazon for "spy pen."     e.g.,                                  More excerpts and some previous blog postings about abundance of tiny video cameras and similar devices  And see the remarkable "Ultra Micro Tiny Covert Camera" page of this Website:  Portable Video Recording Gadgets & Spy Gears

"It sounds simple, but BYOD comes with a minefield of legal questions and risks: How do we prevent trade secrets and client lists from getting leaked if an employee loses his or her phone? How do we keep personal information about workers — bank accounts, Social Security numbers, spending habits — secure? What happens if a personal cellphone infected with a virus gets integrated into the company network? To what degree can a company monitor the searches and personal contacts of their employees?"
" businesses are increasingly turning to lawyers to help create policies for what exactly employers and employees must do if they use their own smartphone for work. Bosset, who represents large and mid-size financial institutions and software companies, said he gets calls from clients asking whether they should require employees to install software that would allow the company to wipe out data remotely if they lose their phone.

..."' “It falls on the employer to come up with ways to have policies to address them proactively.”"

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