Attorney Brian Balow Comments to the Wall Street Journal Regarding BYOD Devices

August 27, 2014
Dickinson Wright Attorney Brian Balow recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal for an article entitled “New Smartphone Laws Could Mean Headaches for Employers”.

The article examines the implications of two California laws introduced this month that regulate employees’ smartphones at work. The first law is the “kill switch” law that California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law this week. The kill switch law allows employees to remotely disable their phones if they are lost or stolen. Once a devise is disabled with a kill switch, the data still resides on it, which worries some security experts. According to the article, it’s not yet clear whether companies will be able to wipe corporate data from employee devices after they’ve been disabled, and what the regulatory implications of that may be, should those phones store sensitive data covered under health or financial regulations.

The other law impacting employers BYOD policies is the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District’s decision that employers need to reimburse employees who use personal cell phones for work-related calls. According to Attorney Brian Balow, the shifting regulatory landscape created by these laws may cause some companies to rethink how they manage BYOD.

“If you’re a healthcare entity, you might look at this and say if we’re going to incur this cost we might as well supply the device,” said Mr. Balow in the article.

Click here to read Mr. Balow’s comments and the full article.
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