The Federal, Alberta and British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioners (Commissioners) have issued a joint guidance document (Guidance) setting out recommendations for organisations wishing to introduce 'Bring your Own Device' (BYOD) programmes.

The Guidance is likely to be used by the Commissioners as a benchmark to assess and measure an organisation's BYOD practices.  The Guidance is very useful as an indication as to what the Commissioners will be looking for when considering compliance with applicable legislation.

The Guidance also sets out practical advice on how to best mitigate the risks of BYOD programmes through practical and technical considerations.

The joint issuing of the Guidance demonstrates the importance of BYOD in the eyes of the Commissioners.

A copy of the Guidance is available here.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

Given the increased focus on this area, companies should ensure that they comply with the Guidance should they operate BYOD programmes in Canada.