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glasstigerfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible for my boss to track my iPhone 4s without my approval? It's my phone and not a company phone?

  • The Huntress Level 4 Level 4 (3,585 points)

    You would need to enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone and he would need access to your Apple ID and password in order to track your iPhone using iCloud and Find My iPhone.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,275 points)

    Why would a personal iPhone be a concern?  My company does not track my personal phone, just any company-supplied phone they would issue to me.

     

    Even FedEx drivers and armored-car drivers are not even allowed personal phones on-the-job ... only company provided phone.

     

    Just seems to be an unusual question.

     

    Perhaps if you explain why they might be concerned, we can help.

  • glasstigerfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @ steve359

     

    I just got the iPhone and I've heard stories of people being able to track where you are and I don't want my dictator of a boss to know my every move. He would take big brother to a new level. It's my phone, but I'm on a company plan. I just wanted to know if this is true or folk lore.

  • glasstigerfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So, as long as he doesn't have my Apple ID and password, h can locate me via my phone?

  • glasstigerfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got the iPhone and I've heard stories of people being able to track where you are and I don't want my dictator of a boss to know my every move. He would take big brother to a new level. It's my phone, but I'm on a company plan. I just wanted to know if this is true or folk lore.

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)

    Wait it is your phone but your company pays the bill? Yes he would have the right to track it. However he would need your apple I'd and password to do it unless you have find my friends and allow him to track it. There is no way he could do it unless you were provisioned by the company and then you would have no choice. Why are you even using a personal phone on a company plan in the first place.

  • The Huntress Level 4 Level 4 (3,585 points)

    glasstigerfan wrote:

    So, as long as he doesn't have my Apple ID and password, h can locate me via my phone?

    That's correct.

  • glasstigerfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    They make us buy the phone and they charge us a fee for any upgrades to the plan, ie texting or internet, but they pay the cell phone minutes on it. I know it's strange, but that's how it works. I just want to know if he can track me without me knowing, not whether it's legal or not. Just curious. He's the type of boss that wants to micromanage every aspect of my job. I just want to be prepared if it's possible.

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)

    Well if he is paying for the plan then he has the right to track it.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i'm no expert in this field but if your company pays the bill i have a feeling that they would have at least a legal argument that would allow them to track you. but this kind of thing ends up argued before the supreme court in the united states, so the best way to get this answered would likely be from an employment law expert. IMHO. that said, just because it is illegal doesn't mean they might not try to do it.

     

    if he's "the kind of boss", chances are he could try something like you are suggesting and this sounds like a good question as opposed to simply being paranoid...

     

    Good luck.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    btw. i am pretty sure that if you power it down there is no longer any tracking ability. FWIW.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,275 points)

    If my company gives me a "company phone", they pay it all normal charges: cost of the device, company-required upgrades, minutes used.  The only tie my company has to my personal phone is that I have a 20% discount on my bill -- and that gives them no right to monitor the usage.

     

    If your comapny *demands* you to stake *your own* money for the product, and they just pay for a few piddling minutes, something is nor right here.  Although they have the legal right most likely to know how their minutes are used, they should also pay for the equipment.

     

    I would ask for a refund of the equipment cost from them and hand it over to them as their property.  If they let you keep it anyway, you have your money back on the product.

     

    If on the other hand they tell you to keep the phone and the minutes are yours -- paid by the company as a courtesy -- then get it in writing that they have no right to view the usage.

  • gumsie Level 4 Level 4 (2,150 points)

    A few yers back my company had tracking on the mobile they issued, (they paid for the plan also). Wasn't hugely accurate but more than sufficient for their needs.

    One day I thought I'd be clever and turned their phone off and diverted all calls to my private phone. I called the office, and to my surprise the planner told me where I was! (My own phone and/or SIM it seems was now the new object)

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,890 points)

    Maybe if your "boss" is the FBI and you're under criminal investigation, with a court order/warrant to do so.

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