Samsung Still Bans Its Own Hot New Phones From The Office
from the leave-'em-at-home dept
Three years ago, just as plenty of companies started freaking out about the so-called "dangers" of cameraphones in the workplace, we found it amusing that cameraphone (among other things) maker Samsung had banned cameraphones in the workplace. In other words, employees couldn't even bring the company's own product to work. While there were many similar announcements around that time, we hadn't heard too many similar stories lately. The hope was that companies were calming down and recognizing that it was both silly and pointless to completely ban cameraphones in the workplace. Apparently, not everyone has figured this out. Samsung is still banning some of their own phones in the workplace. This time, it's the new SCH-B570 because it comes with an 8 GB hard drive that the company is afraid will be used to swipe confidential information. Of course, we've discussed in the past just how pointless such restrictions are. There are so many ways to get confidential data off a computer. Banning portable hard drives throws out plenty of baby with just a little bath water. Anyone who's serious about taking confidential corporate info will figure out a way to do so. Completely banning phones with hard drives due to the fear of potential espionage goes way too far, punishing everyone to stop a risk that won't be stopped anyway. Of course, it also makes you wonder, if they're so concerned with it in the workplace, wouldn't they assume others would be as well -- therefore drastically shrinking the potential market for such phones?