There is no doubt that smart phones have become a trusty companions. No one would think of leaving their homes without theirs. And it stands to reason given the amount of functions that a smart phone provides; everything from email, to diaries, to calendars to a personal camera and basic communications as well of course. It facilitates life and modern living. What one cannot do on their mobile phones is simply not worth doing. Well. Almost anyway.

It is no surprise that people guard their cell phones zealously. As they should anything that contains such a deep wealth of personal information and habits.

However, with the many  security warnings and assertions from experts on how entities official and otherwise can effortlessly take control of these tools with or without our consent or knowledge for that matter, and spy on us using them, it behoves us to be be consciously aware of what we store on these phones. Maybe more importantly, we need to be aware of all the data we generate or keep, and ensure they’re safeguarded enough for that data to be private. It should be our choice alone as to when and how we make that data public or available to a 3rd party.

The recently promulgated Bahrain Personal Data Protection Law is a reality now and offers some protection against this paranoia. However, even with the protection this law offers, it is necessary to continue to be vigilant as well as careful with what we store, generate and install on our smartphones.