As the latest technology plays an increasingly important role in business, a higher proportion of employers are allowing employees to use their own devices (such as smart phones, tablets and laptops) for business purposes. This gives rise to a number of practical and legal issues that companies need to be prepared for.The benefits seem obvious – increased productivity, employee engagement and it is also cheaper for the business if the employee supplies their own device. However, employers should be aware of the risks including: a potential loss of control over data which is stored on the device, a reduced ability to monitor the use of the data and security risks if the device is shared, lost or stolen. There could also be practical difficulties in gaining access to the device, particularly if an employee has a higher expectation of privacy for a device that he/she owns.Employers must also be familiar with the obligations placed on them by The Data Protection Act 1998 and take appropriate measures to ensure compliance. Regard should be had to the Information Commissioner’s Office ‘bring your own device’ guidance.It is advisable for Employers who allow their employees to bring their own devices to work, to put a written policy in place to address the issues that could arise. They should audit and asses the risks that exists, put appropriate security measures in place and consider how the company data on the device can be monitored.If you would like advice about how you can help to protect your business, please contact us for more information.Charlotte Cecil is a Consultant Solicitor specialising in Employment Law. She advises businesses on a wide range of matters from the drafting of policies to defending tribunal proceedings. Charlotte also advises individuals in relation to their employment rights. Charlotte can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 0203 3019085.