Bring Your Own Device: Is Your Organization Ready?

Together, Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and TELUS publish a paper on the 
benefits and risks of personal technology integration into the workplace 
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - To provide guidance on organizational mobile 
development strategies, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. 
Ann Cavoukian, along with TELUS, explore the options for workplaces in a new 
white paper, Bring Your Own Device: Is Your Organization Ready? More than 27 
million Canadians use mobile computing devices such as laptops, smartphones 
and tablets and that number continues to grow. Consequently, Canadian 
employers are confronted with the workplace challenge of Bring Your Own Device 
(BYOD). This phenomenon poses new challenges to data security, effective 
corporate oversight, and employee privacy. 
"Once an organization makes the decision to adopt a BYOD policy, it is 
paramount to follow the principles of Privacy by Design by embedding privacy 
and security directly into the operational process," said Commissioner 
Cavoukian. "By applying these systematic methods and assuring end-to-end 
safeguards, organizations will diminish the costly risk of data loss and in 
turn, witness significant long-term gains." 
Consistent with the Privacy by Design principle of comprehensive end-to-end 
security, this new paper examines information management risks and offers 
practical implementation guidance to mitigate them. While there is no 
one-size-fits-all solution, the paper sets out a comprehensive five-step 
Step 1: Requirement Documentation - Understand the usage patterns of all 
mobile workers.
Step 2: Technology Selection - Align the right technologies to assure 
compliance across the infrastructure.
Step 3: Policy Development - Establish obligations, requirements and criteria 
in a formal policy.
Step 4: Security - Address data security risks with effective administrative 
Step 5: Support - Ensure support for end-users with appropriate capabilities 
and processes. 
"In collaborating with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to create this 
white paper, TELUS hopes to provide Canadian organizations with information 
and practical approaches that will be helpful in addressing the need for 
protecting proprietary data whilst at the same time protecting every Canadian 
employee's right to privacy," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and 
CEO. "As the number of Canadians who adopt BYOD steadily increases, we are 
striving to simultaneously increase awareness of the significant benefits 
inherent in this movement and encourage all Canadian organizations to manage 
the corresponding challenges by embracing the Privacy Commissioner's Privacy 
by Design principles." 
Canadian enterprises outpace their global counterparts in BYOD. Interestingly, 
fewer than half (33 per cent) of Canadian organizations have mobile device 
management policies and practices in place to mitigate the many security and 
privacy risks associated with BYOD. Further, more than half (58 per cent) of 
Canadian organizations lose sensitive corporate data each year through devices 
used by employees. 
About the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario 
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by, and reports to, the 
Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government of the day. 
The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access and privacy 
provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the 
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the 
Personal Health Information Protection Act, which applies to both public and 
private sector health information custodians. The Commissioner's mandate also 
includes helping to educate the public about access and privacy issues. 
About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in 
Canada, with $11.3 billion of annual revenue and 13.3 million customer 
connections, including 7.8 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline 
network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 776,000 TELUS TV 
customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS 
provides a wide range of communications products and services, including 
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and 
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members 
and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to 
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' 
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most 
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of 
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this 
prestigious international recognition. 
For more information about TELUS, please visit

SOURCE  Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario 
Media contacts: 
Trell Huether Media Relations Specialist Office of the Information & Privacy 
Commissioner of Ontario Desk: 416-326-3939 Cell: 416-873-9746 Toll-free: 
Elisabeth Napolano TELUS Media Relations 416-906-9830 
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