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Supreme Court Sends a Message: Employees Shouldn’t Expect Privacy When Texting

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Remember what a stamp was? You’d slap it on an envelope, and the letter inside remained private. But technology has changed—and so has privacy expectations of work communications.

When employees send text messages on employer-provided phones, are those texts as private as a message in a bottle … or a message in the sky? The U.S. Supreme Court penned a long-awaited warning last week: For now, employees shouldn’t expect text messages at work to be private.

Case in Point: Jeff Quon was a police sergeant for the city of Ontario, California. To help Quon respond to emergencies, the police department gave him a pager that also sends text messages. Along with the pager, the city gave Quon a Computer Usage, Internet and E-Mail Policy that reserved, “the right to monitor and log all network activity including e-mail and Internet use, with or without notice.”

Further, the policy said employees, “should have no expectation of privacy o...(register to read more)

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