don't want to carry around two cellphones in your pocket? your company's "bring your own device program" may sound like a good bet. but before you sign up to use your personal cellphone at work listen up! as channel 4's staci spanos explains, it could end costing money and memories. 3 0 - 5 11 - 15 100 - 105 139 - 144 HEALTHCARE CONSULTANT MICHAEL IRVIN SAYS HE WAS JUST GOING ABOUT HIS DAY, WHEN SUDDENLY HIS PHONE RESET. WHEN HE TURNED IT BACK ON ...."I saw just a blank screen just like I got it originally. It had no emails; it had no text messages, no apps, nothing. It was just completely wiped."AT FIRST HE THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A GLITCH.THEN, HE SAYS, HE LEARNED HIS PERSONAL PHONE, WHICH HE ALSO USED FOR WORK, HAD BEEN WIPED CLEAN BY HIS FORMER EMPLOYER..."There were photos of my mother with my kids, a lot of new phone numbers, contact information that I had gathered."BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE PROGRAMS ARE SKYROCKETING IN THE U-S WITH 38 PERCENT OF COMPANIES SAYING THEY PLAN TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO SUPPLY THEIR OWN PHONES AND TABLETS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.BUT WHILE THESE PROGRAMS CAN SAVE COMPANIES MONEY AND BE MORE CONVENIENT TO EMPLOYEES, THEY'RE NOT WITHOUT DRAWBACKS SAYS LEWIS MALTBY, FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL WORKRIGHTS INSTITUTE. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE EMPLOYEE LEAVES THE COMPANY."You can understand why the company would want to wipe the cell phone. You've got a lot of communications on there that are business oriented maybe company data.But unfortunately what happens is that the whole cell phone gets wiped, and now you lose everything."MALTBY SAYS CELL PHONE WIPING HAS BECOME THE NUMBER ONE WORKPLACE COMPLAINT THEY RECEIVE."Everyone that we've heard from is just shocked."LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY MARK TERMAN AGREES IT CAN BE A PROBLEMAND SAYS COMPANIES NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB DISCLOSING THE PRIVACY AND ACCESS ISSUES SURROUNDING BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE POLICIES. "There's a fair amount of confusion among both employees and employers, and this is a situation where both the company and the employees need to know the ground rules."HE SUGGESTS COMPANIES PROVIDE A DISCLOSURE OF THEIR POLICY AND GET WRITTEN CONSENT FROM EMPLOYEES. OR THEY COULD CONSIDER INVESTING IN NEW "SANDBOXING" TOOLS THAT ALLOW FOR A MORE SELECTIVE WIPE. "Systems that operate in one sandbox on a device could be accessed and wiped out while not disturbing the sandbox where the personal information of the individual is on."MEANWHILE, MALTBY HAS THIS MESSAGE FOR ANYONE USING A PERSONAL DEVICE AT WORK."If you leave your job tomorrow, download anything on your cell phone you don't want to lose."AS FOR MICHAEL, HE SAYS HE WAS NEVER ABLE TO RETRIEVE HIS LOST PHOTOS AND CONTACTS. "I had no idea that they could do it, and it was just a complete shock to me."STACI SPANOS CHANNEL 4 THE LOCAL STATION 3 wiping isn't only an issue when you leave a company. if you lose your phone or tablet - even temporarily - a company may want to wipe it immediately to ensure the data isn't accessed by anyone else. so be sure to back up your device often.