What is the law regarding a tracking app on personal devices?
Question Details: Our school district is requiring all employees to download a tracking app to our personal devices in order to "aid in the reunification process" if there was ever a school threat. This tracking device tracks where individuals are at all times, even during non-school hours/vacations/etc. The district claims, "We are not tracking your location and this will solely be used for staff and student accountability and reunification". However, I have an issue with something like this on my personal device not a school owned or paid for phone.
This is perfectly legal: employers have the power to set terms or conditions on employment, and can make one of those terms or conditions that employees consent to having the tracking device on their phones and to being tracked. Employees who refuse may be terminated, unless there is a written contract (including union or collective bargaining agreement covering that employee) which prevents termination for that reason--but without a contract to the contrary, employees may be terminated at will for refusing employer instructions or rules, even ones that effect non-work time. (For example: employers may also legal bar moonlighting or side jobs.) Or employees who don't want to be tracked may seek other employment.