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Union: New cellphone rule at college violates privacy

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Instructors, especially adjuncts, often use personal cellphones to do their work. Those devices may now be subject to search by public-college employers in Minnesota under a new rule.

Two faculty unions in Minnesota have been actively opposing the rule and its privacy implications since it was first introduced in December by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, but system officials cite state laws on “government data” as the reason the measure is necessary, according to the newspaper. Under the rule, faculty members at colleges in the system may have to turn over their phones or be subject to an inspection that would allow employers to copy or delete work-related materials such as text messages or voice mail.

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