Smartphones and Mobile Devices: What Data is Safe Anymore?

With our recent announcement about the soon-to-be released Smartphone support from Avalanche, we are obviously paying greater attention to not only just traditional mobile device management topics, but more and more to those that involve Smartphones, tablets, etc. I missed this column when it came out, but it brings up some very interesting questions regarding the safety of data on employee and corporate owned devices.

The column points to a recent California Supreme Court ruling that information contained on a mobile device, can be accessed by police without a warrant. Now, for most of us that means little, but the author makes a compelling case about how that could cause some serious security issues. For example, a doctor caught speeding and his device, which happens to contain confidential patient information, is confiscated.

“The potential consequences to the hospital are devastating: Not only must it inform patients of a privacy breach (an effort which can, by itself, cost millions of dollars). It may also face fines and legal action for allowing the information to be revealed in the first place.”

It brings up some very interesting, and valid, concerns about how information is kept safe. As a side note, we will be demonstrating our Smartphone support on the road, so if you’d like to discuss this or other Smartphone topics, stop by one of these shows and say hello.

 

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