June 05, 2018 Top Story

Guidelines Emerge with Rise in E-Discovery of Employee Devices

The Sedona Conference provides principles for companies grappling with BYOD

By Andrew J. Kennedy

Companies that allow employees to use their own devices for work are increasingly facing thorny discovery disputes in litigation. Now, the influential Sedona Conference has issued a working paper addressing that problem.

For the last 20 years, employees have been seeing a rise in an unofficial BYOD (bring your own device) policy at their workplaces

For the last 20 years, employees have been seeing a rise in an unofficial BYOD (bring your own device) policy at their workplaces

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Over the last twenty years employees have become accustomed to using their own personal devices for work. This has become known as "Bring Your Own Device" or "BYOD." With BYOD comes concerns about security, privacy, and discovery obligations. In January 2018, the Sedona Conference published the paper "Commentary on BYOD: Principles and Guidance for Developing Policies and Meeting Discovery Obligations."The paper's aim is to help organizations develop BYOD policies and reduce discovery disputes.

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