is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, based in the Detroit and Chicago offices of Epstein Becker Green. Practicing in various aspects of labor and employment law, he is well versed on issues related to technology in the workplace, such as social media, Internet, and privacy issues facing employers. For more information, or to contact Mr. Forman, please visit his firm profile page.
ShadowIT involves workers’ use of unsanctioned products and applications to perform the work of the business enterprise. In other words, ShadowIT occurs when employees use their personal emails and applications, such as a cloud-based storage system, instead of company-approved solutions. According to a recent survey, about one-third of IT use is considered ShadowIT. Whether responding to a subpoena in a wage and hour dispute, attempting to safeguard previous corporate secrets, or analyzing the extent of a data breach, a company’s failure to understand the scope and location of ShadowIT data could be problematic. Companies should have policies in place regarding employees’ (and other workers’) use of unapproved applications, but there should also be an understanding that a policy is not a panacea.