Analyst Report

Big Data from Employees Leads to Big Risk for Employers

New survey indicates employee behavior is increasing companies’ legal and reputational risks.

Fifty-five percent of office-based employees believe there is no harm to their companies when they use a work device for personal communications.* But when employees’ personal data mixes with business information, it becomes potentially discoverable. That means your business could be legally required to review and produce it on a short timeline.

A new survey of more than 1,000 US office workers conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the developers of Relativity revealed this and more about how employees’ data perceptions and habits make information governance such a challenge and may put employers at risk.

In a 10-page report on the survey findings, David Horrigan—kCura’s [Relativity's] e-discovery counsel and legal content director, award-winning journalist, and former counsel at the Entertainment Software Association—analyzes:

  • How employees use social media and corporate email in the workplace
  • What office workers say about their companies’ email retention policies
  • How much personal data may be floating through companies’ Wi-Fi
  • What kinds of data are left behind on work devices from employees’ confidential personal conversations
Findings from the report indicate the potential damage to the American workplace may be substantial. Download the analysis to find out more.

*Method statement: This survey was conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of Relativity between December 28th , 2016 and January 18th, 2017. The research was conducted among 1,013 adults age 18+ who are employed full-time or part-time, not a freelancer, and works in a traditional office setting for at least 50% of the time. Figures for age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.