Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Policy on New Texting Liablility

Kahn Consulting was addressing a social networking retention policy recently when our client commented—“text messaging was going to be the death of us all.” While she was referring to the retention, technology, litigation issues caused by the beloved texts, I was struck later that day because as I got to the airport I read a commentary entitled “Death to Texting”. Putting aside the RIM issues, the opinion piece struck me—“The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found truckers sending text messages are 23 times more likely to cause a crash or near-crash than a nontexting trucker.” While it seems a bit a field from RIM stuff I usually write about. What happens if your organization supplies text enabled phones and an employee while texting during work hours causes an accident? Maybe company policy needs to cover this newish liability issue. Just my opinion.

Are you kidding me—only about 20 states have laws prohibiting texting while driving.