WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide how much privacy workers have when they send text messages from on their employers' accounts.
The justices intervened in a case from Ontario, Calif., where three police officers and another employee complained that the department improperly snooped on their electronic exchanges, including many that were said to be sexually explicit.
While the case involves government workers, the decision could have broader privacy implications. Many employers tell workers there is no guarantee of privacy in anything sent over their company- or government-provided computers, cell phones or pagers.
This is hot stuff in the world of electronic messaging, folks. I am very interested to hear what the justices of the court have to say about text messages sent on work devices.
Personally, I always consider that any data going over a company's network and sent on their equipment belongs to the company, not the individual. That's why I have a personal phone and email account for my personal business. As an email admin its important to "walk the walk" of keeping the company free from liability. That means no offensive jokes, sexual stuff, or inappropriate matter of any type. In fact, don't waste corporate resources with your personal business unless you have to get something done and don't mind the company have access to the information.