Magazine article Information Management

Pokémon Go Proves That Companies Need Strong BYOD Policies

Magazine article Information Management

Pokémon Go Proves That Companies Need Strong BYOD Policies

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The Pokémon Go game has become an insanely popular hit worldwide, enticing millions of players to find, catch, battle, and train virtual monsters that pop up at real-world landmarks. But it's also a huge security risk for organizations everywhere, underscoring their need for a strong "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) program.

According to Legaltech News, although many BYOD policies separate corporate data from personal activities, they cannot restrict employees from downloading to their personal devices games like Pokémon Go, which by default has full access to players' Google e-mail, files, and location data. According to Pokémon Go's privacy policy, the "data it collects - including personal information - is an asset of the developer."

This popularity of Pokémon Go likely means that such games will become the norm. …

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