U.S. Supreme Court Rules: Employees’ text messages aren’t always private

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq., owner of Ask The Business Lawyer, is an award-winning business attorney, speaker, and Entrepreneur Magazine online contributor. She saves consulting and professional services companies time, money, and aggravation by serving as their outsourced legal counsel.

Posted on May 14, 2016 in IP & Social Media

The United States Supreme Court ruled recently that as long as an employer has a legitimate work-related purpose, and the search is reasonable in scope, then employers can review their employees’ text messages when those messages are sent or received on an employer-provided device.

Attorney Bradley Gross, Esq., parses through the decision and what it really means for employers on his Business Technology Law Blog. Along with a link to the Supreme Court’s decision, Gross looks at:

  • What is a legitimate “work-related purpose”?
  • What is meant by “reasonable in scope”?
  • As an employee, can you expect your electronic communications to be private?
  • What can employers do to avoid being dragged through the court system to fight the issue int he higher Court in the land? (and yes, there’s an answer)

 

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