Supreme Court Says Employers Can Search Employee Texts

Friday Jun 18th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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The justices rule unanimously that a California police department did not violate the rights of an officer when it reviewed his personal text messages sent using a device owned by the department.

NY Times: The Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could have widespread implications for employees who send personal messages using employer-owned electronic devices. The justices unanimously ruled that a California police department did not violate the privacy rights of one of its officers when it reviewed his personal text messages. The messages were sent on a department-owned pager, but the officer paid for the texts himself.

While it's not clear if the ruling will also apply to private employers, the NY Times writes, "the decision puts government employees on notice that electronic communications on devices provided to them may not be subject to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches, as long as their employers have 'a legitimate work-related purpose' for inspecting the communications."

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