The case of City of Ontario v. Quon, a recent Supreme Court ruling decided that the text messages sent between Jeff Quon, a police sergeant in Ontario, CA, and his wife, were not private: "In a unanimous decision, the court decided, that Quon had no reasonable expectation of privacy in this particular case and that the city did not violate his constitutional rights." Still, while the ruling offers some food for thought, it doesn't go so far as to set a precedent, since the court also made clear that workers do have some right to privacy with regard to workplace communications.
As the digital age has already proven, it takes a little trial and error to make sense of technology in the workplace. We've seen Twitter, Facebook, and beyond influence employees and their employers. What comes next is more in the way of real life experimentation — employees and employers testing the boundaries of private, public, and Internet domain. So, what do you make of the ruling? If your company pays for your phone, are they entitled to the content on it?