Often overlooked by today's mobile workforce is the importance of safeguarding confidential data from prying eyes. A recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, commissioned by 3M, the maker of privacy filters for computers and mobile devices, reveals that employees are 50 percent less productive when they feel their visual privacy on their computer or mobile device screen is at risk. Based on this finding, lost productivity due to employee visual privacy concerns is potentially costing a U.S. business organization with more than 7,500 people more than $1 million dollars per year (based on empirical findings by Ponemon Institute and assuming that 26 percent of employees travel with a computer or comparable device). The 3M Visual Privacy Productivity Study
also found that visual privacy concerns impact an employee’s willingness to fully disclose sensitive information on a computer screen, which is especially relevant in industries where customer information is collected on a computer or tablet screen in a public place.