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“Can we borrow your phone? Employee privacy in the BYOD era”

William P. Smith (Department of Management, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 13 November 2017

Issue publication date: 8 December 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to (a) summarize the legal and ethical foundations of privacy with connections to workplace emails and text messages, (b) describe trends and challenges related to “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), and (c) propose legal and nonlegal questions these trends will raise in the foreseeable future.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a review of legal cases and scholarship related to workplace privacy, implications for BYOD practices are proposed.

Findings

Primarily due to property rights, employers in the USA have heretofore been granted wide latitude in monitoring employee communications. The BYOD trend has the potential to challenge this status quo.

Originality value

BYOD programs present discernable threats to employee privacy. Attention is also directed toward contributing elements such as wearable technology, cloud computing and company cultures.

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Citation

Smith, W.P. (2017), "“Can we borrow your phone? Employee privacy in the BYOD era”", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 397-411. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-09-2015-0027

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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