December 15, 2009

Supreme Court Texting Case!

One of the most intriguing cases to hit this Supreme Court so far is the latest one coming this week, involving the privacy of text messages.

The case questions whether police were invading privacy when they inspected the personal text messages ofan employee, who technically had been using a government pager. Legal experts say because it involves an unusual situation around a public employee, the ruling is likely to be narrow in scope because of its particular circumstances that won't happen often to other people. But still an interesting foray into new information technology that the court hasn't dealt with much before.

Supreme Court 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...

Supreme Court Texting Case!

Posted at December 15, 2009 4:28 AM

As it was on a government pager and all government equipment is subject to monitoring there is nothing wrong with the owner (the police department) seeing what is being sent over their equipment. If the person has used their personal equipment then I could see would be a problem; but as the sergeant knew the rules when he received the pager then he should have nothing to complain about.

Posted by: Bill Dixon at December 15, 2009 12:20 PM

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