Mark Harrington is Corporate Secretary and General Counsel at Guidance Software. Chris Dale of the eDisclosure Information Project interviewed him at CEIC in Las Vegas about the challenges which Bring Your Own Device – BYOD – gives to General Counsel
BYOD has happened quickly and by stealth, subverting the control which IT and security departments thought they had gained over a company’s information. There is a conflict between the benefits of this and the dangers, not all of which are obvious. People work better with devices which they are used to and which get the job done; on the other hand, questions arise about control and security, about the existence of data for eDiscovery and similar purposes, and for the availability of data as a business asset. Questions like who owns the device and who owns the data arise, as do privacy considerations.
Mark Harrington talks through these points, suggesting how companies should establish policies to help reconcile these conflicts.