The City of Placentia, California Becomes the First e-Stewards Enterprise in Southern California | e-Cycle

e-Cycle congratulates the city of Placentia, California for becoming the first city in Southern California to achieve status of e-Stewards Enterprise by the Basel Action Network. The distinction recognizes cities, counties and companies for taking significant strides to eliminate the export of hazardous electronic waste to developing countries by using certified e-Stewards® recyclers.

San Francisco and San Jose as well as King County in the State of Washington have already joined the BAN program and pledged to uphold the most globally responsible management of electronic waste.

Electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream. According to Time Magazine, Americans throw away more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers every day. If not properly disposed of, the toxic materials contained in these devices can pollute groundwater, harm the environment and endanger our communities. Additionally, the EPA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recycling companies in this country either directly or indirectly export electronic waste into “toxic wastelands” in developing countries.

“Leaders lead, and Placentia, and other e-Stewards Enterprises, have demonstrated that the status quo where 80% of electronic waste is routinely dumped in developing countries or our local landfills is just not acceptable anymore,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN. “To shrink our toxic footprint and our carbon footprint, and to ensure a safe future for our children, every city, county and business in the nation needs to join the e-Stewards campaign for safe and sane management of our growing mountains of e-waste.”

e-Stewards Enterprises agree to use e-Stewards certified recyclers to dispose of toxic e-Waste. BAN created e-Stewards®, the world’s most rigorous standard for electronics recycling, to ensure certified recyclers consistently conform to the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment, worker safety and data security. This globally recognized certification program is the only certification that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste into developing countries and bans the use of child and prison labor.

e-Cycle is the First e-Stewards Certified Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company in the World
In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification. e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost-effective approach to wireless recycling. The company collects wireless phones from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. In 2012, e-Cycle was ranked the #68 most promising company in America by Forbes and the #21 fastest growing, private business services company in the U.S. on the Inc. 500 list. Find more information at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Responsibly Recycle Your Used Mobile Devices with e-Cycle in August for a Chance to Win One of Two New BlackBerry PlayBooks

To encourage responsible mobile phone recycling this August, e-Cycle is offering our clients the chance to win the new BlackBerry PlayBook with our Recycle-N-Win Giveaway. Organizations that sell and/or recycle their mobile devices with e-Cycle before August 31, 2012, will be entered into a random drawing to win one of two new BlackBerry PlayBooks.

Entering the contest is easy:

Contact your e-Cycle account manager or visit our Current Promotions page to find out more and request a buyback estimate for your mobile devices.

e-Cycle encourages businesses to take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling by collecting used mobile devices from organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. In January 2012, e-Cycle became the only mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards certified. e-Cycle is ranked the #68 Most Promising Company in America by Forbes and the #5 fastest growing environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.

To learn more about e-Cycle, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

*Some restrictions apply. Contact e-Cycle to learn more. No recycling or purchase is necessary. View the official rules.

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e-Cycle Honored as Innovative Corporate Leader by Smart Business Network

The leading mobile buyback and recycling company helps businesses and organizations take a responsible, secure and cost-effective approach to their wireless recycling needs.

Christopher Irion, CEO and Founder of e-Cycle, the world’s first mobile buyback and recycling company to earn the stringent and independent e-Stewards certification, was honored as an innovative corporate leader during the Smart Leaders Awards Luncheon.

The Smart Leaders Awards, presented by Smart Business Network, recognize the brightest and most innovative corporate leaders in the local business community while bringing to light the strategies they use to attain their level of success. e-Cycle is among 15 companies to receive the honor in Central Ohio. Recipients represent a range of industries, from real estate and law to technology and finance.

“All of us with e-Cycle are honored to see Christopher recognized among such an exceptional group of innovative leaders,” said Jen Myers, e-Cycle COO who accepted the award on behalf of CEO Christopher Irion. “The continued success of e-Cycle can be attributed to the quality of our employees, who comprise a dedicated team with a passion for our mission and core values. We are confident that Christopher’s vision and leadership will continue to grow e-Cycle as the global leader in enterprise wireless recycling.”

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States are Mandating a Safe, Secure Disposal of e-Waste | e-Cycle

e-Waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the U.S. If electronic devices are not properly recycled, the toxic chemicals contained inside these devices can cause serious environmental and health concerns. While there have been numerous attempts to develop Federal laws on the disposal of e-Waste, there are currently no Federal mandates in place. In many jurisdictions, the disposal of toxic e-Waste in landfills is still legal, causing severe environmental damage to the surrounding communities. As a result, various states have begun developing laws surrounding the secure disposal of e-Waste.

According to the EPA, electronics such as CRT monitors, cell phones and mobile devices test “hazardous” and require special handling for disposal. Improper disposal can cause toxic chemicals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic, located inside these devices to seep into the soil and contaminate the groundwater. In fact, one mobile phone has enough toxins to contaminate 40,000 gallons of water.

25 states have passed legislation mandating statewide e-Waste recycling while several more are passing new laws or improving legislation. Most recently, Colorado’s Governor signed a bill banning the dumping of electronic equipment in landfills and requiring the state to utilize certified recyclers. Six other states introduced e-Waste legislation in 2011. Currently, statewide e-Waste recycling laws cover 65 percent of the U.S. population.

New York State instituted the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act last year and while there is room for improvement, the program appears to be working. Fairly aggressive targets were set for the program and though the amount of e-Waste collected has not been totaled, the number of collection options grew 77 percent in the last year. Recyclers and local governments report that the increased ease and convenience in recycling caused an increase in the quantity of e-Waste collected in 2011.

e-Stewards, a leading global program, allows businesses that dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recycling companies that adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and employee protection. An e-Stewards Certification requires a recycler to meet rigorous environmental, health and safety requirements while prohibiting the improper disposal of toxic waste in landfills and shipment overseas. Recently, e-Cycle LLC became the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards Certified.

e-Cycle provides businesses a safe and environmentally friendly method for the disposal of used mobile phones and devices. Assisting organizations in taking a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless recycling, e-Cycle purchases used cell phones and tablets that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. A rigorous multi-step data deletion process permanently removes confidential data stored on these devices. Not only does e-Cycle maintain a strict zero landfill policy, their e-Stewards Certification also ensures dedication to upholding the highest global standards for environmental responsibility.

Many states either lack adequate regulations for this relatively new waste stream, or lack effective enforcement of new e-waste regulations. However, with electronic waste representing 70 percent of toxins in our landfills, policies need to be put in place to battle this growing issue. As more states begin to implement e-Waste legislation, e-Cycle provides enterprises with a secure and profitable solution for mobile phone recycling and reuse. Find out more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Why Partner with an e-Stewards Certified Mobile Recycler? | e-Cycle

More companies are making the effort to “go green” and are responsibly recycling their used and outdated electronic devices. However with the hazardous chemicals and confidential data contained inside of these devices, recycling e-Waste is more involved than taking your used mobile phones and tablets to a recycling center or trading them to reseller companies online.

Now more than ever, it is essential for businesses to partner with a credible electronics recycler and ensure that their mobile phones and tablets, as well as the sensitive data stored inside, are recycled properly. Companies need to research their current asset recovery companies and their processes. Partnering with the wrong electronics recycler can be extremely hazardous not only for the environment but also for the business.

Many organizations may think that they are acting responsibly when recycling with an electronic buyback company when in fact, their mobile devices could be causing severe damage to the environment. The EPA reports that 70-80% of “reputable” recyclers are sending e-Waste to remote villages in developing countries where the use of cheap and sometimes slave labor is used to reclaim the precious metals inside electronic devices.

The developing countries overseas are being destroyed by the overwhelming amount of e-Waste shipped from electronics recyclers in the United States. Once the e-Waste is dumped in these countries, migrant workers use primitive technologies such as open air burning or acid baths to remove the precious metals. Not only do the extraction methods cause substantial harm to the environment, the inhalation of the toxic fumes emitted can cause significant health problems and even death for the local men, women and children in these regions.

In addition to the impact e-Waste has on developing nations, the improper handling of electronic devices also poses a threat to the confidential business information stored on these devices. Many enterprises rely on corporate-liable smartphones and tablets for their day-to-day business and consequently mobile devices contain an abundance of private data. For these reasons, businesses must investigate their mobile recycling partners and trust that they will provide the utmost data security and deletion processes.

The Basel Action Network, a global organization dedicated to ending toxic trade and electronic dumping overseas, developed the e-Stewards Certification in an effort to eliminate these growing issues.

e-Stewards, a leading international program, allows businesses that dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recycling companies that adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility, data security and employee protection. An e-Stewards Certification requires a recycler to meet rigorous environmental, mobile data deletion and health and safety requirements. This strictly regulated program requires yearly audits to ensure that the high e-Stewards standards are continuously being met.

Earlier this year, e-Cycle LLC became the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards Certified. Ranked the #68 Most Promising Company in America by Forbes and the #5 fastest growing environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc., e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless recycling. e-Cycle purchases used mobile phones and tablets that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. The data on every reusable phone undergoes a rigorous, multi-step data deletion and auditing process to permanently remove confidential information. The e-Stewards Certification guarantees their clients’ security by removing all data from every device, providing financial compensation for devices that holds resale value and ensuring devices that no longer holding any value are recycled or disposed of in ways that protect the environment. For more information visit www.e-Cycle.com.

Businesses need to be aware of the data security and recycling practices their asset recovery partners utilize. Using e-Stewards Certified recyclers is the only way to ensure your organization is protecting not only their sensitive company information but also the environment.

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Preventing Mobile Phone QR Code Data Security Issues for Enterprise and End-Users | e-Cycle

The latest trend in mobile marketing, QR Codes or Quick Response Codes, is also becoming the newest pitfall in mobile phone security. Smartphones quickly scan the square, two-dimensional barcodes and immediately direct users to a website, subscribe them to an email list or download additional marketing materials. The fast and convenient solution makes QR codes the perfect way to connect with businesses during an event or tradeshow and consumers on the go. However, cybercriminals have also begun to use QR codes to infect smartphones and obtain sensitive information from these mobile devices.

Mobile phones and tablets contain an overwhelming amount of confidential data. Sensitive emails, business contacts and passwords are all available on cell phones and pads. Making this information susceptible to hackers can be disastrous and while most people have learned to think twice before clicking on a suspicious link that was emailed to them, they do not exercise the same level of caution when it comes to QR codes. This lack of protection makes QR codes a growing risk in mobile security.

Since these QR codes are still relatively new technology, security measures and protections have not been effectively developed to ensure protection for the users. Both the consumers scanning the QR codes as well as the companies developing this technology need to understand the security threats and watch for the warning signs.

Users should be aware of the mobile security risk that QR codes pose and view the website they are directed to before scanning. Various QR code applications allow the option to preview the link prior to scanning the barcode. This precaution prevents the user from scanning a code when the URL appears suspicious. Often times when a QR code is fraudulent, it will lead the user directly to a login screen. Cybercriminals use this form as a trap to retrieve personal information. In most instances, personal information should not be required when scanning a QR code. Legitimate codes will automatically complete a request or will only require contact information for subscriptions.

Businesses utilizing QR codes also have a responsibility to ensure their codes are safe and do not end up getting hacked. In order to ensure the security of their customers’ sensitive data, businesses need to provide context for the QR codes when it appears on marketing materials. This will provide users with peace of mind when the link they were expecting appears. Companies should also reveal the exact URL where the user will be directed after scanning. Make sure all the steps to the process are transparent so it does not appear your organization is attempting to take advantage of the user.

As technology continually evolves, hackers develop new and different ways to infiltrate the confidential information contained on cell phones and tablets. Though QR codes provide an ideal marketing solution for businesspeople and consumers on the go, they are becoming yet another portal cybercriminals are using to steal information. While mobile device security is still being developed for these barcodes, users need to be aware of this new area of risk to take the proper precautions when scanning QR codes to smartphones.

For more information or to view the full story QR Code Security Best Practices by Ramon Ray at http://www.businessinsider.com/qr-code-security-best-practices-2012-5.

e-Cycle’s Enterprise Solutions for End-of-Life Mobile Phone Recycling and Data Security
Helping organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling, e-Cycle collects used mobile devices from businesses and organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. In January 2012, e-Cycle became the only mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards certified. To find out more on e-Cycle’s mobile phone buyback, recycling, and data deletion services, visit www.e-cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

Report highlights interesting new and innovative vendors, products and services that are impacting Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) in 2012.

e-Cycle, a global company focusing on mobile buyback, data protection and recycling, today announced it has been recognized in the “Cool Vendors in ITAM, 2012”[1] report by Gartner Inc.

e-Cycle is among the Cool Vendors highlighted for offering innovative and intriguing technologies or solutions. e-Cycle protects sensitive data for companies while recycling their mobile devices to the highest standards of financial and environmental responsibility. In addition, e-Cycle is the world’s only mobile buyback and recycling company to earn the stringent and independent e-Stewards certification.

“We are pleased to have been named one of Gartner’s 2012 Cool Vendors, as it is a testament to the hard work our employees undertake daily to make a difference for our customers,” said e-Cycle CEO Christopher Irion. “The report recognizes what we see daily: Organizations face an enormous looming ITAD challenge in the rapidly growing area of mobile devices. We believe our secure, cost-effective and environmentally responsible approach to wireless recycling sets us apart in today’s marketplace.”

Among the key findings in Gartner’s report is the following: “The global ITAD market has historically been largely focused on workstations (PC desktops and laptops) and traditional data center assets (servers, storage systems, telecommunication equipment and so on). Yet, our research indicates that most organizations face an enormous looming ITAD challenge in the rapidly growing area of mobile devices. For example, Gartner estimates that, in 2012, about 226 million mobile phones will be retired from use by businesses worldwide (this excludes consumer retirements), and that by 2015, that number will reach about 289 million. These numbers will be further compounded by the relatively nascent (from the perspective of disposition) tablet market, which is also projected to grow at a torrid pace.

“It is on this specific mobile device market (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, etc.) that e-Cycle has exclusively focused its disposition business.”

Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


[1] Cool Vendors in ITAM, 2012. Published April 12, 2012. Analysis by Rob Schafer.

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e-Cycle Showcasing Responsible Mobile Reuse and Recycling at BlackBerry World

e-Cycle Showcasing Responsible Mobile Reuse and Recycling at BlackBerry World, Only Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company to Earn e-Stewards Certification

e-Cycle will be at BlackBerry World™ to demonstrate how companies can achieve responsible mobile reuse and recycling that ensures financial savings, sound environmental stewardship and the guaranteed protection of sensitive data.

April 30, 2012

e-Cycle will be at BlackBerry World™ to demonstrate how companies can achieve responsible mobile reuse and recycling that ensures financial savings, sound environmental stewardship and the guaranteed protection of sensitive data.

As the world’s only mobile buyback and recycling company to earn the stringent and independent e-Stewards certification, e-Cycle protects sensitive data while recycling mobile devices to the highest standards of financial and environmental responsibility. e-Cycle will review its services and success stories at booth #148 at BlackBerry World ™ 2012 from May 1 to 3, which takes place at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.

In addition, e-Cycle Founder and CEO Christopher Irion will be available to discuss the growing need for mobile recycling action plans that protect the environment and prevent data leaks.

“Companies are faced with the increasingly complex task of managing the turnover of mobile phone and device use throughout their organizations,” Irion said. “Many believe they are recycling, reselling or retiring their mobile devices properly when they actually are not. The reality is millions of old mobile devices continue to end up in landfills or find their way into the resale market with sensitive organization data remaining intact.”

Because it holds the distinction of having the e-Stewards certification, e-Cycle can help organizations develop mobile recycling strategies that:

  •     Guarantee safety and security by removing all data from every device.
  •     Provide financial compensation for devices that continue to their hold resale value.
  •     Ensure devices no longer holding any value are recycled or disposed of in ways that protect the environment.

“Mobile asset recovery and reuse makes good business sense because the revenues can greatly offset the cost of upgrading to latest technologies,” Irion said. “It is also important from an environmental standpoint because extending the life of wireless devices reduces energy and carbon emissions. Organizations need to ensure their devices are recycled securely and responsibly.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 14 to 18 percent of electronic devices are recycled and that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recycling companies in the U.S. export electronic waste to developing countries, poisoning the environment and the local population.

Research also reveals startling discoveries regarding the failure to protect sensitive mobile data. In Electronic Retention: What Does Your Mobile Phone Reveal About You, researchers found that every mobile device they acquired in the secondary market contained user information.

A study by the Ponemon Institute and Websense of more than 4,000 organizations in 12 countries found 77 percent use mobile devices in the workplace, but only 39 percent had security controls in place. More than half of the companies experienced data loss because of unsecured mobile devices, including laptops, smartphones, USB devices and tablets.

“It is abundantly clear that organizations need to carefully implement a mobile recycling action plan as part of their telecom endpoint data security process,” Irion said.

About e-Cycle
e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling. e-Cycle collects used mobile devices from businesses and organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. Inc. ranked e-Cycle the #5 Fastest Growing Environmental Services Company in the U.S. and Forbes named e-Cycle the #68 Most Promising, Privately-Held Company in America. In January 2012, e-Cycle became the only mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards certified. For more information, visit www.e-cycle.com.

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e-Cycle is First e-Stewards Certified Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company in the World

The Basel Action Network (www.BAN.org), a global toxic trade watchdog organization, announced today that Columbus based mobile phone recycling company e-Cycle LLC is the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company certified as an e-Stewards® recycler, adhering to the highest global standards for socially and environmentally responsible electronics recycling.

Created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), the e-Stewards® certification program is the only electronics recycler certification program that prohibits the export of hazardous waste to developing countries, requires a certified ISO 14001 environmental management system, includes industry-specific worker health and safety requirements, bans the use of prison labor in handling of sensitive data, and can be used internationally. The certification was written by the environmental community and leaders in the industry to protect human health and the global environment.

“In the absence of leadership or laws requiring responsible electronics recycling here in the United States, we felt it was necessary to create a program to help people find a responsible recycler,” said Jim Puckett, BAN’s Executive Director.  “e-Cycle has undergone a rigorous independent audit process to ensure they are upholding the highest standards for wireless recycling and worker safety. Businesses and organizations throughout the world can be confident that e-Cycle will recycle and reuse their used mobile devices responsibly.”

An award-winning 60 Minutes expose entitled “The Electronic Wasteland”, that aired in late 2008 and again in June of 2011, left viewers , business leaders, and government officials wondering if their best intentions to recycle hazardous electronic products had gone awry.  The piece featured a seemingly responsible recycling company collecting e-waste from Denver residents and surreptitiously shipping it to poor countries where it was being dumped and burned. BAN was an integral part of the investigation.

“e-Cycle was founded on three guiding principals—a love for the environment, technology and charitable giving,” said e-Cycle Founder and CEO Christopher Irion. “Achieving our e-Stewards and R2 Certifications not only improves e-Cycle’s processes and differentiates us from other mobile recycling companies, it reinforces the essence of e-Cycle’s core brand image among the most ethical and trustworthy wireless recycling companies in the world. Through the guidance of the e-Stewards Standard, we will continually improve our business model and processes.”

About e-Cycle LLC
Ranked the #68 Most Promising Company in America by Forbes and the #5 fastest growing environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc., e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling. e-Cycle purchases used mobile phones and pads that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. The data on every reusable phone undergoes a rigorous, multi-step data deletion and auditing process to permanently remove confidential information. e-Cycle is e-Stewards Certified, which includes ISO 14001, and R2 certified. View the e-Cycle Process Video.


About e-Stewards® Certification
The e-Stewards Certification program, created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), formally recognizes electronics recyclers that adhere to environmentally and socially responsible practices when recovering hazardous electronic materials. It is the first such program backed by environmental organizations and major corporations alike. The accredited third-party audited certification program is supported by the USEPA and is endorsed by Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and 68 other environmental organizations.  It has also drawn the public support of major corporate “e-Stewards Enterprises” including Alcoa, LG Electronics, Bank of America, Capital One Financial Corp. and Wells Fargo.

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Preventing Mobile Phone Data Security Loss on Employee-Owned Devices—Three Tips for Businesses | e-Cycle

Based on a blog written by Jason Fell, a technology editor at Entrepreneur.com. 

While being able to do business with a colleague at all hours of the day may seem like a cost effective strategy, businesses today need to realize the risk they run by allowing employees to access corporate information on their personal mobile devices. Sensitive data such as emails, business contacts, customer data and network login credentials can be threatened by the use of personal devices.

So what can be done to ensure a business’s data is secure when it leaves the office? Take a look at the following tips to create a data security plan for your company:

1)   Teach employees how to prevent a data security breech.

Taking simple measures like using passwords, updating operating systems and learning to clear data from a lost or stolen device will prevent many of the basic problems companies face.  Show them how to do it and remind them to do it often to ensure data security is always a top priority.

2)   Make the tools readily available.

Implementing this can be as easy as sending out a basic “How-to” flyer or holding occasional meetings focusing on data security.  Stress the fact that data security protects them as well as the business.

3)   Don’t keep sensitive data on personal devices.

The important factor to remember here is that the personal device does not belong to the company, and therefore cannot be taken from the employee.  Do not allow tools like email or customer data to be stored locally onto the device. This way, it is easier to protect corporate data if necessary.

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