High court: Employers can read employee texts on company phones

Employers have the right to monitor an employee's use of company cell phones and computers, according to the Supreme Court. The case was based on a California SWAT officer who used a company-provided cell phone to send personal texts, some explicit, during work. He argued that his employers violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote that the decision should not be used to "establish far-reaching premises that define the existence, and extent, of privacy expectations" in the workplace.

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