Together, Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and TELUS publish a paper
on the benefits and risks of personal technology integration into the
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
"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
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 process:
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
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.
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 video.
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
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
SOURCE: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
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