Whether I'm on or off the job does the company that is paying for my cell phone bill have the right to read my texts and emails? What rights do I have?
If you have a handbook or are issued policies from time to time, there may be a section or a policy concerning company equipment and privacy. That would give you the answer to your question. Generally speaking your text messages are private, and so long as you protect them from others (i.e. keeping your phone secure) you have a right to keep them private.
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It depends who owns the phone. That's my opinion if you own it it's your privacy. I see this is same as having the car just because the company pays some of the car expenses doesn't mean that it has a right to inspect and check the car
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