My question is for the Exchange administrators.
I recently upgraded my Android phone from 2.3.3 to 2.3.7. During this, my settings got wiped and I had to reinstall everything. As I was setting up my Exchange account for my work email, contacts, and calendars, I got prompted with a screen that told me I had to give up certain rights to my phone, including letting exchange admins:
- Dictate my password policy on my phone
- Monitor my wrong-password attempts
- Lock my phone
- Remotely wipe my phone. Not just exchange data, but wipe my phone back to factory condition.
I understand why a company would implement these policies, however, I'm curious as to why this never showed up before (people setup Win7 phones, other androids, iphones without being prompted for this), IT says nothing has changed on their side.
My real questions for the exchange admins is:
- If the users never see this warning about giving up control, do exchange admins have the ability to perform these functions? In other words, is me seeing the warning on my phone and accepting the terms required to give the exchange admins the ability to do these things, including wiping my phone to factory condition? IOW, the users who link to exchange without that prompt, are exchange admins able to wipe their phone?
- Without those abilities, what options do exchange admins have for controlling the data? IOW, if they took away those policy requirements for connecting to exchange from the mobile phone, they would still be able to kill your exchange account and clear the exchange data from the phone, right?