What's your opinion of BYOD privacy?

What's your opinion of BYOD privacy?

Summary: Inquiring minds want to know what you think of BYOD privacy. Take part in an eight-question survey to express your opinions on the topic.


Today, I participated in a Twitter chat, #BYODChat, and realized that there's a huge gap between how companies view BYOD and how employees view it. It's odd that there's such a discrepancy between the two perspectives. I don't think it's odd that employees and employers differ on a particular topic, but the two seem almost at odds on this one. One aspect of BYOD tends to stand out: Privacy.

I'd like to gather your thoughts on BYOD privacy concerns and validate my assertion that privacy is a hot topic for employees.

I've created a short, eight-question survey that I'd like you to participate in. You can select from given responses or choose to add your own. I've provided the opportunity for you to express yourself on each question, if you wish to do so.

After I've gathered at least 500 responses, I'll post the results in the BYOD column. Watch Twitter for the announcement.

Take the survey here: BYOD and Your Privacy Survey.

Topics: Privacy, Mobility, Security


Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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  • Well, if you've read my Talkback in . . .

    Well, if you've read my Talkback in "Is there a BYOD escape clause at your company?" - then you'd know it's not a real concern for me, because I'm the kind of person that would buy a separate work device.

    In fact, it's probably yet another reason for me to maintain a separate work device. I was never really a big fan of BYOD, and I'm curious to know why ZDNet and other tech news organizations push it so hard when there's really no obvious advantages for either the business or the employees.
    • We're not pushing it,

      we're reporting on it.
      • Being that ZDNet tends to be a mix of reporting and opinion . . .

        Being that ZDNet tends to be a mix of reporting and opinion (with nothing to clarify which is intended to be which) - I'd be willing to bet if I were to dig deep enough in the archives, I could find some author saying something to the effect of "if you're not doing BYOD, you're doing it wrong."

        Searching for "BYOD" using ZDNet's own search engine claims to return 10000+ pages of material.

        Here's an example:


        "In some cases, IT has realized that it is virtually powerless to stop BYOD and so it has grudgingly figured out how to best mitigate the risks and make it work."

        Larry fails to present a single factual case where "IT has realized that it is virtually powerless to stop BYOD . . ."

        In fact, that seems more opinion that reporting. Larry is pushing forward the idea that he thinks it's inevitable, rather than merely reporting on BYOD.

        So yes - ZDNet is pushing it. No doubt about it.
    • Vendor created

      BYOD was created mostly by vendors that surprisingly have solutions to help manage it. Yes there has always been employees asking about using their technology at work but up to the 2008 recession it wasn't a big issue as work provided devices.

      Part of BYOD is consumer technology surpassing the typical corporate deployment, part is companies open to ways to trim expenses (though ongoing results show BYOD will cost more in the long run). You also have the continued overlap of personal and work life. So employees are trying to achieve a happy medium.

      Maybe I'm old school but I prefer work and personal separation. If I need a technology work should provide it.

      I think most companies will be happy to get 20% of their employee base using their own devices (in limited nature).
  • From the Admin side

    Give me remote wipe ability and the ability to fully secure the device.

    From me as the owner of the device, pay for my costs.

    Personally not a fan of BYOD. Security is the biggest issue to me.
  • Re: What's your opinion of BYOD privacy?

    Device control is the biggest problem I see with most companies' BYOD policies. One comment advocated remote wipe... seriously, on someone else's device? I'd never allow that as an employee. If IT wants the savings from BYOD, then they give up control. If they want control, then they need to provide the devices. They can't have it both ways.

    If you paid for your phone and service, you should never let your employer have any access to it, especially remote wipe privileges. That's just nuts.

    I took the survey, interesting. BYOD is here to stay, and allowing employee's to use thier own device on a enterprise network has reall advantages, as well as real security issues. IT departments are going to have to become very innovative by whether using MDM or working with new approches like API intigration. Our hospital is a good example of this; as we are taking a HIPAA compliant texting API by Tigertext called TigerConnect, and putting it together with a secure email API and the Dropbox API to make a security app that all the staff and doctors will install on their phones and tablets to ensure HIPAA compliance and security. We know we will see a productivity improvement with Doctors using smartphones and tablets, since they are doing it already in a very unsecure way and are doing it because it is more productive.