We’ve all heard praise from employees who are advocates of bring your own device (BYOD) programs, but what about the ones who would like to opt out of using their personal device for work?

Email, chat logs, text messages and any other personal information stored on a device have the potential to be viewed by IT administrators who have control of BYOD devices.

Is there an escape clause in company policies that have incorporated a BYOD program or are some employees forced to adopt the rising trend?

“Some BYOD programs have no such clause. In other words, either you bring your own device or you don’t have one,“ according to a ZDNet article.

What’s the problem?

Many employees who are against BYOD programs find it a huge invasion of privacy sharing their personal device (usually a smartphone) with their boss and IT department. Employees are wary of the possibility that one day their employer will confiscate their personal device and passwords.

Some may question the legality of this.

According to the author of the article, an employer could probably demand access to a device in a BYOD program, especially if the company is paying for service or offering compensation for the use of the device in any way.

In any case, employees should be up-to-date on company policies when it comes to using their personal devices for business purposes.

Are they allowed to opt out and obtain a company device? If there is no BYOD escape clause, what is company protocol for accessing certain information on the device?

Another reason some employees are looking for an escape clause from the BYOD trend is the constant worry of accidentally having their phone reset to “factory freshness” by the IT department or a mobile device administrator clicking the wrong button. Not only would important company data be potentially lost forever, but also any personal information stored on the device.

BYOD programs are not only drastically affecting employees, but also IT departments as a whole. Click hereto read more.

MAD in a BYOD World

While BYOD programs are potentially a huge violation of privacy, they can also give employees a sense of security. Companies who have incorporated a BYOD program are now responsible for the proper disposal of the device, not only in an environmentally-sound manner, but also ensuring all sensitive data stored on the device is completely destroyed.

Mobile asset disposition (MAD) incorporates everything from responsible recycling of hazardous materials in electronics to complete data destruction for companies. Electronics recyclers even offer buyback programs for discounted prices on newer versions of a device.

BYOD programs have their downsides, as do many policies involving data security. However, with mobile asset disposition by responsible recyclers, employees who do not have an escape clause can have peace of mind that their device is properly disposed of and all sensitive data is completely erased.

Click here to read more about HOBI’s mobile asset disposition program.