Do employees have privacy rights to personal conversations conducted on company phones or computers?

Minneapolis employment law attorney Marnie DeWall explains how if the company owns the equipment that employers should tell employees that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

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Transcript:

The answer to that question is generally going to be no if the employer owns that equipment. I would however, make sure as the employer that employees are specifically put on notice, usually through an employee handbook, of the fact that they should not have a reasonable expectation of privacy for conversations conducted either via work telephones, the internet, work e-mail, or any other electronic equipment of the employer. As long as the employees have been put on notice they should not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in those types of interactions.