Here’s yet another example of employees wrongly believing they have privacy rights to “their” electronic data created at work:
Steelcase Inc. gave employee Patrick Morrissey two cell phones: one for business and one for personal use. Both billing statements went to his boss because Steelcase paid both bills. But the boss confronted Morrissey when he reviewed the bills and noticed Morrissey had made personal calls on company time. The issue escalated and, ultimately, Steelcase fired Morrissey.
He sued, alleging invasion of privacy because the boss accessed his personal and business phone records. Morrissey also sued the cell phone company for releasing the information. The court rejected the claim, saying since Steelcase paid the phone bills, it had the right to read them.