You don’t want an MDM policy on your personal phone

Most people have a smartphone these days and a lot of them use a personal device both for work and in private. Lugging around two phones is a hassle so many people will opt to use their personal phone for work as well. The employer may even agree to pay your subscription for you. Unfortunately, to manage the phone and the data and apps on it your employer will most likely require you to enroll the device in their mobile device management solution of choice. That’s where the problem starts. Here’s why you don’t want an MDM policy on your personal phone.

Conflict of interest

From the point of view of an employer, requiring the use of MDM is a perfectly logical decision. Your employer has a responsibility to manage and protect company information. There are often legal obligations in place as well. MDM protects company information and aides with compliance so your employer has a legitimate interest in wanting to manage aspects of how you use your phone.

On the other hand, you as the owner of the device may use it for business purposes but you also use it for many other things. Mobile phones are a replacement for our watch, our wallet and our camera. We use them for banking, to order a ride or to book a vacation. They store information about people we know and give us access to social media. Many people use them for dating as well. Our phones know where we are all the time. In short, they contain a wealth of information about us and a lot of that information we probably don’t want to share with our employer.

You may not realize it but by allowing the installation of an MDM policy on your personal phone, your employer can gain access to a lot of that information.

You don’t want an MDM policy on your personal phone

By Kenneth T.

My blog, My way Welcome to a little piece of my life. Here you will find things concerning my everyday experiences and or my thoughts on everyday happenings. For instance you may find thoughts of my Farmstead, which is as my wife calls it, our Accidental Farming life. Perhaps on a whim, I might just jump on a soap box about what's going on with my crazy family (the immediate one, that is).~You don't need to put a penny in the coin slot for any commentary there~ You may find, new additions to what I call "Hobby-time". Ahh yes, my hobby... I make pinback buttons (some call them badges). Sorry for the shameful plug ;-) *** And then there is the outside the box or "Offtrack" thinking, part of me. Which can be anything else from aliens to the zoology of the Loch Ness monster, but will probably be more mundane as health concerns, for instance, to vaccinate or not. Is the Earth Flat or is it Hollow? Is there a dome? Is any of it real? Do you really want to know? Police brutality and the continuing corruption of established government, Big Business, Big Oil, Big Brother. Can we survive? Should we survive? The coming montrary collapse. There is so much going on, more then we see outside our windows.

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