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

    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.


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

    Yes, they should. It's company property.

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

    if it is used for bussiness only











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

    I had to vote maybe. If the pose is to be used strictly for work, then yes. If the employee is allowed to use the phone for personal business, then probably not.
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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Company property is company property...no expectation of privacy with someone else's belongings.

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

    I have no problem with them reading it. However I do have a problem with them acting on it. IE firing someone over what was sent.

    Now a days it's not uncommon for any company to give out company phones, labtops etc etc that is used by the employee for literally anything that they choose to use it for. Even private things.

    Companies have used such "private" messages to fire employees before because it doesn't "match company image" or some such crap. Including firing people for complaining about a boss. That is not right imo.

    And I think that it's going to far. Not too long ago some city hall in Montana tried to make prospective employee's give out the addresses AND passwords to their facebook, myspace, emails etc etc. Not sure whatever became of it though. :P
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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Company property? Absolutely.

    If someone in a job interview asked me for my private passwords, I'd spit in their face. Company might rent me, but they don't own me.

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

    Yes, they should be allowed to read what was sent. Whether they should be allowed to act on it or not should depend on whether they allow the phone to be used for personal use as well as private use.
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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Absolutely, they pay for it, it's their property. If the employee wants privacy, they ought to use their own personal phones to send personal messages.
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    Re: Should employers be able to read text messages on company phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I had to vote maybe. If the pose is to be used strictly for work, then yes. If the employee is allowed to use the phone for personal business, then probably not.
    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.
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