September 4, 2012
From The St. Louis Business Journal

by Matt Fernandes

How much privacy can employees expect when they use their company-purchased cellphone for personal calls or texts? The answer, increasing, is not much or none. As devices continue to become more sophisticated - blending personal computing, email, texting, browsing, social media, project management and accounting - personal activity and content become a constant issue for the employer.

To Eric Trelz, a shareholder in the labor and employment practice at Polsinelli, a strong usage policy that is as air tight as possible is the key to protecting both employer and employee.

"Managing employees' expectations of privacy is a real challenge,"said Trelz. "The employer needs to make sure the employee understands that none of the information on a company-owned phone is private."

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