I know that generally in jobs where you have access to a computer and the internet any storage device plugged into a company PC or any online account you access on a company PC with the company's internet connection can be subject to monitoring and examination.
However recently I was asked to hand over my personal Mobile Phone so that my employer could view text messages and files which I do not use for work, I may use at work for emergency calls, does not get connected to a company PC (rather I recharge via a battery pack I carry with me) and no one except my employer has the number for (only because he requested it as a secondary call number in case he could not reach my landline).
I was told I had to allow this. when I tried to bring up the contract I signed and pointed out the same thing I mentioned in the first paragraph my employer said
searching the contents of a mobile is the same as searching though your bag to see if you have stolen any company property, which is outlined in your contract. if you continue to refuse you're employment here may be subject to termination.
I can understand bags but electronic devices can obtain anything unless it's been transmitted to it via some sort of connection which my phone has made none. I also carry a laptop which I use by itself on it's own battery because it's a hassle to get the cable around to a powerpoint but now I am afraid that it might be targeted too, while I have nothing to hide which could see me get into trouble professionally I have some erotic fiction on my laptop I write at home, while i wouldn't be embarrassed if my employer read it i suspect he will misunderstand because of their content and as I am a casual employee I can be terminated without notice.
I don't even know why this has started happening as I was sick the day before. so I am wondering, in Australia can an employee be terminated for refusing to allow an employer to search though their phone (or laptop) that has had no connection to any company resource?