The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement is supposed to boost worker productivity but a study released on Monday said it can also breed distrust between employees and IT departments.
Nearly half of American workers (45 percent) said they’re worried about IT accessing personal data on devices they use for work and home, a report by Aruba Networks revealed.
Similar sentiments were expressed by European workers (25 percent) and those in the Middle East (31 percent), said the survey of 3,000 workers worldwide.
In additon, nearly one out of five European workers (18 percent) and more than a quarter of Middle Eastern respondents (26 percent) feared their IT departments would interfere with their private data if they got their hands on the worker’s devices.
The survey also revealed that workers did not take kindly to IT snooping on personal data on devices. Asked about their feelings toward company techies accessing personal data on a worker’s phone, about half of European and Middle Eastern respondents said they’d be “angry.” More than two out of five workers in the survey said such actions would make them feel “violated.”