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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    But even if it's a fringe benefit (which it probably is) how do you break it down?

    If an employee uses the phone 95% for work and 5% for personal, it seems real questionable not to allow the firm to read messages.
    If it's a fringe benefit, they should have been paying tax on the value.

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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    If it's a fringe benefit, they should have been paying tax on the value.

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    Like using the copy machine for personal too?

    In theory they should, but fringe benefits like that are too small to care about.
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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    This was why, when given a choice between a free (company-owned phone), and a reimbursement of a portion of a personal phone bill, I chose the latter. My phone, my privacy.

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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Yeah thats right I am asking whether or not employers can look up something on their property that they lend to employees.

    It would be different if that phone was the employee's personal property but it is not.


    Supreme Court to decide if bosses can read employees' text messages in Sgt. Jeff Quon sexting case

    The Supreme Court announced Monday it will rule on sext privacy: whether a boss can read the X-rated text messages employees send on their work phones.

    At issue is a California cop who sent reams of steamy texts on his SWAT pager to his mistress.

    The case is the first time the courts have addressed the privacy of wireless communications, and the high court's final decision could have far-reaching effects. "This could change the whole legal landscape of electronic monitoring at work," said Lew Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute.

    Last year, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the nation's most liberal, ruled that Sgt. Jeff Quon could reasonably expect his dirty messages to stay private.
    hmm...well, the phone belongs to the employer, so i guess it's the employer's right to read the messages.

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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    In my experience, the military doesn't really track it. I know that higher level commanders are issued blackberries and allowed to call who they want, text and check email.

    I had a regular issue phone when I was on battalion staff and no one monitored what calls I made, but the brigade comms officer did monitor text messages and could read all of them. As long as they weren't inappropriate, he didn't seem to care. I used to text operational stats and personnel information to other staff officers all the time and he never said a word to me.

    I had my own personal cell and used that to make non-work related calls. I only used my Govt. phone to make non-work related calls if I had no service on my personal phone; which was odd because they were both AT&T.

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