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Are employee texts private? Supreme Court to decide

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed late last year to rule for the first time on whether employees have a right to privacy when sending text messages on cell phones and electronic devices supplied by their employers. The case involves several California police officers who were disciplined for sexually explicit texts.

It’s generally accepted that employers have the right to monitor any communication that occurs over their Internet and phone lines. But this marks the first time the Supreme Court has addressed the issue in the wireless and Internet age, and some observers say a decision in the employees’ favor could alter the legal landscape.

Read more at Look for a decision this spring.

Advice: Continue to enforce your policy on employee use of company-provided computers and other devices. Unless the Supreme Court says otherwise, employers can still monitor e-mail sent to and from company computers and servers.

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