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BYOD is driving privacy concerns among enterprise workers

03 October 2012

Workers are developing privacy fears that employers are keeping tabs on them through bring your own device (BYOD) management software, according to new research from Fiberlink.

Out of a survey of 2,243 enterprise workers, most displayed concerns that BYOD would “transform IT from helpful business partner into an Orwellian Big Brother keeping round-the-clock tabs on all device activity”, Fiberlink said in its blog.

Tracking software and mobile device management clients are centerpieces of security strategies around BYOD, but a full 82% of workers said that they see the ability to be tracked as an invasion of their privacy, and three-quarters said that as a result, they would not let an employer install tracking software on their device in exchange for access to corporate resources. Also, 82% said that employers tracking the websites that they browse is either 'of concern' or 'extreme concern' to them. Overall, only 15% said that they aren’t concerned at all about tracking software.

Meanwhile, 86% are concerned to very concerned that employers could delete personal pictures, email profiles and music--whether founded fears or not, it's another example of the Big Brother fears that BYOD security and tracking software seems to engender.

“We took it upon ourselves to do a bit of detective work on the topic to test our hypothesis on the privacy breaching backlash of BYOD,” said researchers. “Lo and behold, the survey results were on par with expectations—the overwhelming majority concerned about moderation of on-device activity and the privacy of data contained thereon.”

The global BYOD and enterprise mobility market is expected to grow from $67.21 billion in 2011 to $181.39 billion by 2017, according to Markets & Markets, at an estimated CAGR of 15.17% from 2012 to 2017.

North America commanded the largest share, with 36.10% of the overall managed market in 2011 at $24.26 billion; and is expected to reach $58.60 billion by 2017, at a CAGR of 12.9% from 2012 to 2017.

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