Entertainment giant Walt Disney Corporation has warned its staff that new handheld devices they receive as Christmas gifts may not be allowed on the corporate network.
In an email sent to one of its business units last month, revealed on US website internalmemos.com, Disney staff were told that the company will only provide support and network connectivity for two devices: the RIM Blackberry and the Hewlett Packard iPaq.
Even then direct approval is required from the company's chief information and chief financial officers, and staff are not allowed to have both a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a laptop.
"Users who currently have other PDAs, such as Palm Pilots or Handspring Visors, will be 'grandfathered' for a short period of time, but no new devices of this type will be authorised for connectivity nor supported," said the memo.
All PDAs must also have antivirus software installed to minimise the risk of infecting and compromising the corporate network, according to the email.
A spokeswoman for Disney told vnunet.com that the memo is part of the company's wider strategy to simplify its technology environment.
"One way to do that is to make a choice and, when it comes to hardware and software, we make a choice and standardise. We evaluate all the options on the market constantly," she said.
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