Bring your own device: ICO publishes new guidance

A survey by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed that 47 per cent of all UK adults now use their personal smartphone, laptop or tablet computer for work purposes — known as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD). However, fewer than three in 10 users had received guidance on how to use their devices for work. This raises concerns that users may not understand how to protect the personal information accessed and stored on these devices.

It is crucial that organisations understand that whilst their employee owns the device, the organisation is responsible for ensuring that all processing of personal data under its control is compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). In particular, organisations must ensure that it is processed in accordance with the seventh data protection principle, which states: “Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data”…

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