BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – Who Owns the eMail? Intellectual Property?


When employees use their personal cell, tablet, laptop, or PC it’s not so simple to determine who owns the content of their email and intellectual property. Notwithstanding the 2010 US Supreme Court 9-0 ruling (in the City of Ontario v Quon) that an employee who uses a company issued device is not entitled to constitutional privacy, when an employee conducts company business using their own personally owned device the question of ownership is much more complex.

I encourage you to read my June 2012 column in eCommerce Times entitled “The BYOD Maelstrom: Legal, Technical Issues Abound.”

Let me know what you think about the complex legal issues surrounding BYOD and how BYOD impacts your business.

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