Crowell & Moring

In just the last few years, most companies – big and small – have embraced the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement at varying levels from allowing employees to access company email on their personal smartphones all the way to not issuing company-owned computers and instead having employees bring in their personal laptops to access the company network. This trend shows no signs of slowing down as employees like the freedom to choose their own devices for work and personal use, and companies like the savings that BYOD policies bring to their IT budgets. This movement also brings with it a host of challenges for companies in implementing their BYOD policies, ensuring they protect confidential information, and in complying with their discovery obligations in litigation. In the “Data Law Trends & Developments: E-Discovery, Privacy, Cybersecurity & Information Governance”, at page 31, I address some of the challenges companies face in adopting a BYOD environment and make some predictions about how this trend will continue to evolve in the coming years.