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Using a single device for both work and personal processes throws up a range of privacy concerns for both employers and their employees. The danger of accidentally sharing business-related information via an inappropriate app becomes far greater when you’re trying to juggle your personal and professional life off the same handset, meanwhile admin policies for company-owned, personally enabled (COPE) handsets often give admins deep control over the device, including too much visibility into personal use.
In Android 11, Google has doubled down on its efforts to separate work and personal profiles. The latest update for the mobile operating system, which is the seventh Android release featuring dedicated features for business users, has been designed to protect both individual users and the companies they work for, including enhanced sandboxing of apps and data and better separation of work and personal use.
These tabs are the most prominent new feature in Android 11, offering a highly visible means of switching between both work and personal profiles. This clear separation extends throughout the OS, offering employees separate tabs for work and personal when they share files, open content or go into their settings menu.
Enhanced controls for employers, more privacy for employees
For employers, Android 11 offers device controls like asset management tools and personal usage policies that give IT the ability to keep company-owned devices compliant with corporate policy, without compromising employee privacy.
This includes allowing admins to check and enable Common Criteria Mode on a device, which ensures certain device functionalities – such as AES-GCM encryption for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Long Term Keys – are enabled, in line with workplace policies.
At the same time, Android 11 now notifies users when their company activates certain privacy and security-related device permissions: for example, when an admin enables location services on the device, or grants an app permission to use the location of a personally owned device.