26 November 2013.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning organisations that they must make sure that their data protection policies reflect how the modern workforce are using personal devices for work.

A YouGov survey earlier this year indicated that 47 per cent of all UK employees now use their smartphone, tablet PC or other portable device for work purpose, leading to a concern that many organisations are failing to update their data protection policies to account for this growing trend.

The warning comes after the Royal Veterinary College breached the Data Protection Act when a member of staff lost their camera, which included a memory card containing the passport images of six job applicants. The organisation had no guidance in place explaining how personal information stored for work should be looked after on personal devices.

The ICO has published guidance on this growing trend, and is urging all organisations to make sure they follow the rules.

Further information is available HERE.