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
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
"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.
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 telus.com.
SOURCE Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
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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