Are Text Messages Sent From Your Work Phone Private?


How would you feel if your boss received a copy of every text message you sent from your work-issued cell phone? It might make you think twice before hitting that send button. It's an issue with such huge implications that the Supreme Court recently announced it will hear a case on the topic.

It stems from a group of police officers in Ontario, California who sent some sexually charged texts that were then read by their boss without their knowledge. The employees sued the department on the grounds of unreasonable search and seizure, saying they believed what happened on their phone stayed on their phones.