Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Bring your own device (BYOD) means the use of private mobile devices, e.g. laptops, tablets and smartphones, for company purposes. Business documents of the company, organization or institution are stored on the employees’ private end devices. These can be e-mails, MS Office documents, technical documents or other documents. The secure and data-protection-compliant use of private end devices for business purposes is a challenge for employees and companies alike.

The use of employees’ private end devices gives rise to particular risks for the company, the organization or the institution, especially because the employee, as the owner of the end device in question, can basically dispose of it as he or she wishes. Further risks arise in the event of loss or theft of the private end device or if the employee leaves the company. In this context, measures must be taken to safeguard against the aforementioned cases and to minimize the risk of damage. When deciding whether private mobile devices are to be used for business purposes, measures must be taken to deal with the private mobile devices, the use of business data, technical security and specifications for use in compliance with data protection requirements.

When using Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), our law firm can offer you the following services in particular:

  • Assessment of the legal risks involved in the use of BYOD
  • Assistance in the decision-making process for the use of BYOD
  • Requirements for technical and organizational data protection
  • Protecting company and business secrets when using BYOD
  • Deletion of company, organization or institution data when using BYOD
  • Failure of data deletion and its consequences
  • Inadvertent deletion of employee private data
  • Company rights to content on private devices
  • Implementation of mobile device management (MDM)
  • Use of encryption techniques on mobile devices
  • Legal opinion on the use of BYOD
  • Data protection training on the use of private end devices
  • Creation of a company policy, works agreement or service agreement on the use of BYOD
  • Creation of terms of use for employees when using BYOD
  • Creation of work and organizational instructions for the use of BYOD