By Daniel Hunter

Having a business meeting over a quick cup of tea may seem like a harmless thing to do, but new research suggests that workers are putting their business' privacy at risk when they leave the office.

Global workspace provider, Regus, found that although many of us try to catch up on work on public transport, 70% of those surveyed said trains are the biggest risk for exposing sensitive business information.

The study said that cafés (56%) hotel bars and loungers (55%) were some of the most dangerous places to meet for a coffee when it comes to keeping sensitive information safe.

When asked exactly how confidential information was likely to be exposed, three quarters of respondents reported that people overhearing mobile phone conversations was the most likely scenario. Confidential printed documents in peoples’ hands or laps, as well as open laptops were also identified as easy targets for snoopers by over half of respondents. Only one fifth felt that their smartphone posed a risk.

Steve Purdy, UK Managing Director at Regus, said: “Privacy remains a huge concern for workers on their daily commute, catching up on emails on the train for instance, and also for the thousands of mobile workers who call into cafés during their working day. Increasingly, they are seeking professional alternatives, using the new generation of drop-in workspaces at transport and retail hubs which offer a more secure environment, not to mention more productive.”

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