What you text may be held against you – still

In case you missed it, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has held that employees who send text messages from company wireless devices – because the texts are stored by a service provider and not directly on the company server – can have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This is also true for emails, based on where they are stored.

Read this and this and this.

This is not a ticket to ride. This changes nothing except this: Expect to receive an updated privacy policy from your company that clearly gives them access to all communications, or to any messages stored by someone they pay to store messages.

My mother had it right: If you wouldn’t be happy if it showed up on the front page of The New York Times, don’t do it. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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