Be careful what you text on a company phone. Because the real question is can your employer read your text message if you do it on a company phone.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that questions whether a California city violated a public employee’s rights by reading sexually explicit text messages on an electronic device owned by the Police Department. A decision has not been made.
Although the case involved a police officer, some legal experts said the ruling could have broad implications on how public and private employees can be monitored.
In the digital era, employees often are expected to be in constant contact with their managers. The use of cell phones and mobile internet service has skyrocketed over the last decade, and some of the growth can be attributed to companies giving cell phones and smartphones to their employees
Employees should protect themselves by keeping their personal lifes out of work communications. If your employer has anything to do with giving you your phone – whether it is paying for it or not, its sale to assume that your text are not private so you should have no reasonable expectation of privacy towards them.