US Supreme Court to Review Employer Access to Text Messages

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether government employers can read text messages that their workers send and receive on workplace devices.The case centers on whether a police officer in Ontario, Calif., had a right to privacy for the text messages he sent and received on a pager provided by the police department.To read this report in The Wall Street Journal in full, see:
online.wsj.com/article/SB126080680568090651.htmlAlso see:US Supreme Court Takes Texting Case
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a police department violated the constitutional privacy rights of an employee when it inspected personal text messages sent and received on a government pager.The case opens “a new frontier in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence,” according to a three-judge panel of an appeals court that ruled in favor of the employee, a police sergeant on the Ontario, Calif., SWAT team.
www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/us/15scotus.htmlSupreme Court takes up text privacy case
The Supreme Court said Monday it would rule for the first time on whether employees had a right to privacy when they sent text messages on electronic devices supplied by their employers.The justices agreed to hear an appeal from the city of Ontario, which was successfully sued by police Sgt. Jeff Quon and three other officers after their text messages — some of which were sexually explicit — were read by the police chief.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-court-privacy15-2009dec15,0,5684529.story

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