Often people carry a laptop or tablet when traveling for business with no thought to potential restrictions. However, where travel takes you out of country there are additional considerations when it comes to data management. Specifically, not all data are created equal.

There are different classes of data, from sensitive, confidential, restricted, public, and a variety of other designations dependent on the level of granularity adopted by a particular company. In most instances, utilizing encryption software on the device is standard practice to safeguard sensitive and confidential information. In fact, this is frequently a direct requirement for personal information and a recognized safe harbor for when that personal data is compromised. However, be careful where your travels require crossing international borders.

Legal mandates differ when it comes to allowing entry into a jurisdiction with an encrypted device, which may render security protocols implemented to safeguard information an unworkable solution. This may result in prohibition of entry, decryption of the device and copying it, or even seizure of the device. Not only will you be compromising sensitive and confidential information, but also potentially in violation of contractual obligations or laws governing unauthorized disclosure. At the very least, decrypting the device will make it more susceptible to theft and data loss.

Accordingly, before you travel...http://www.zasio.com/a-security-reminder-for-the-traveling-employee-encryption-may-result-in-data-compromise/

Author: Soo Kang, General Counsel at Zasio Enterprises, Inc.