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Another Lawsuit Sheds Light on Legal Concerns Surrounding Mobile Device Controls

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:23 by ZixCorp
Earlier this month, a California woman filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging invasion of privacy, retaliation and unfair business practices related to her termination which occurred after she removed a mobile app that tracked her 24 hours a day. The lawsuit states her manager: “Admitted that employees would be monitored while off duty and bragged that he knew how fast she was driving at specific moments ever since she installed the app on her phone.” This type of monitoring is a bit scary and certainly extreme; after all, in speaking to our customers, they have no interest or...
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Employee Privacy and Employer Liability: The BYOD Dilemma

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:45 by Neil Farquharson
You may remember this blog and an expert panel webinar I hosted in January. Since then, I have received several requests to give my own opinion* on how to best ensure employee personal privacy and to minimize any potential employer liability issues associated with enabling BYOD in the workplace. Let’s recap the July 2014 US Supreme Court ruling on smartphone privacy, Riley v. California . The ruling was unanimous – all nine Justices in favor – therefore this decision is not going to be overturned during my lifetime. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that smartphones “differ in both a...
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Reasonable Expectations of Employee Privacy in BYOD

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:52 by Jim Brashear
In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Riley v. California that police officers generally* may not search the digital information on a smartphone without first obtaining a warrant. Law enforcement professionals were surprised and appalled, because case law previously said the Fourth Amendment does not require a warrant for a search of personal items obtained incident to an arrest. What does a criminal law case that limits police cell phone searches have to do with corporate Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy? The case illustrates evolving legal theories about reasonable expectations...
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10 Commandments of Email Encryption

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:47 by ZixCorp
At no time in history has personal and corporate data been more widely targeted by criminals. With never-ending threats and compliance demands, it’s vital for IT and employees to work together to create the most secure environment possible. When both sides are on the same page, an organization is at its strongest. To help with the cause, we wanted to provide ZixCorp’s “10 Commandments of Email Encryption” that highlight the responsibilities of both IT and employees to ensure data being transmitted from an organization is secure. IT Commandments Thou Shalt Educate Unless your email encryption...
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Thinking about CYOD? Not So Fast, My Friend

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:21 by ZixCorp
You may have heard about a new trend called Choose-Your-Own-Device , or CYOD. It gives employees the “freedom” to use a device they know and understand by allowing them to choose from a narrow list of corporate pre-approved mobile devices. For employers, it provides more control over device management and security within their organizations. In theory, it sounds like BYOD nirvana. Our response to that comes courtesy of Lee Corso : “Not So Fast, My Friend” CYOD is simply a new term for the old corporate device program. The idea behind CYOD suggests that if you give employees a choice in what...
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What Enterprise Mobility Management Vendors Aren’t Telling You

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:08 by ZixCorp
Last week a few of us at Zix attended the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. From workshops, to keynotes, to roundtables, the four-day event focused on today’s digital world and how it’s redefining IT. ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan attended the conference and shared his thoughts about the on-site Enterprise Mobility Management exhibitors. His key takeaway was that he couldn’t hear through all the white noise and concluded “many vendors sounded alike.” We hear ya Larry (or maybe not, since it IS sounding a little noisy)! He proceeded to write: Simply put, bring your own device (BYOD...
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Survey Says… Individuals Would Rather Lose Wallet, Than Mobile Device

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:00 by ZixCorp
Let’s face it – we trust mobile devices with some of our most priceless information, from photos to bank account numbers to work emails. But with the rise of BYOD and the fact that every 3 minutes a personal device is remotely wiped by an employer, it’s not surprising that recent findings indicate some people would rather lose their wallet than their mobile device. In a recent study, we asked more than 1,000 respondents their views on corporate BYOD policies and the value they place on personal data contained on their mobile devices. Let’s take a look at the top issues employees are facing...
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#BYODInsights – Here’s the Recap of our Inaugural Twitter Chat with ZDNet’s Ken Hess

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:52 by ZixCorp
This past Thursday, August 21, we hosted our first ever Twitter chat. We were very excited to welcome ZDNet contributor Ken Hess, who fielded questions about BYOD (bring-your-own-device) considerations and best practices from ZixCorp's Geoff Bibby, VP or Corporate Marketing. The chat focused on balancing security and employee privacy, bridging the gap between employees and IT, and how Millennials will impact the future of BYOD. Since we’re more than halfway through 2014, we recapped what we’ve seen from BYOD thus far and touched on what we can expect in 2015 and beyond. You can catch the...
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