Client Data on your mobile – is it safe?
We often forget that our mobile devices hold client information because we overlook the odd text or email which has been received on our mobile device.
Recent surveys have shown that 75% of mobile devices have information which is work based/sensitive stored on them and that nearly 50% of these devices are not encrypted with around 30+% not password protected.
Ask yourself this question,
‘Do I hold any information on my mobile devices which relates to my coaching business?’
If the answer to the above question is ‘yes’, the next and very important question is,
‘Am I being compliant with the Data Protection Act?’
If you hold any information about clients or suppliers this information needs to be stored in a secure environment. Here is an extract from https://www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act
Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is:
• used fairly and lawfully
• used for limited, specifically stated purposes
• used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
• kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
• handled according to people’s data protection rights
• kept safe and secure
• not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection
I you hold information in the form of emails, texts, etc.. you need to make sure that your mobile devise has adequate security protection in place.