Last week, the California Technology Agency issued a policy on the use of smart phones including those which are personally-owned and connect to a state network. The policy simply says that if a state employee wants to use their own Blackberry or other device and the agency approves it, the phone must meet the state’s strict security requirements.

For example, if the phone is lost, the IT department needs to be able to do a security wipe, to remotely delete all data from the phone.

At a time when every expense is being scrutinized because of the budget crisis, the policy will allow agencies more flexibility as executives decide what staff needs to have a state-issued phone.

The new policy can be found here.