Privacy and Texting

July 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm 1 comment

The U.S. Supreme court heard oral arguments in a case regarding employees’ use of employer-provided electronic communication devices.

The city of Ontario, California, distributed two-way pagers to employees, including its SWAT team. A lieutenant told SWAT personnel that although city-owned equipment was limited to business-related use, his employees could pay overage charges if they exceeded a preset limit of characters each month and he would not audit the messages to see if they were work-related.

Investigators found that one of the SWAT team member’s messages were personal and sexually explicit. That SWAT team member sued, alleging privacy and unreasonable search violations.
 
In today’s workplace, with all the mechanisms that you have for communication, you will sometimes have a blurring of the business and the personal.

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  • 1. Calee Creer  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    How bout the guys who take the company vehicle on road trips too?

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