Are employees entitled to privacy in this mobile age?

As more and more organizations communicate with employees via mobile devices, it’s helpful to take a look at what the law and good old-fashioned ethics say about employee privacy.

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In the past few years the job of the CIO has changed so much. Technology moves faster than ever; the rate of change create new challenges for the CIO. Perhaps nothing has had a bigger impact on CIOs than the growth of mobile; especially the management of mobile devices and apps, which are often not owned or fully managed by the enterprise.

Given BYOD and the blurred governance lines of mobile for personal and professional use, how much privacy can a company offer employees? One assumes a right to discretion; however, the way we share, monitor, and store information means we likely have little real privacy. Where do the law and your responsibility as CIO begin and end for mobile technology and staff expectations?

How data is tracked and stored

To get a better idea of the relationship between privacy, data storage, and your rights, look at Apple’s built-in GPS. This standard iPhone feature, with location services enabled, collects information on when and where you use your phone-and for what. This data (though not transmitted over the web) can be used for location-based ads and to recommend spots based on your interests.

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