High Court Using Police Case As Test On Worker Text-Message Privacy


The Supreme Court said today that it will use a case involving police communications to decide how much privacy workers have when they send text messages from company accounts, reports the Associated Press. The justices will review ruling that sided with Ontario, Ca., police officers who complained that the department improperly snooped on their electronic exchanges.

Users of text-messaging services “have a reasonable expectation of privacy” regarding messages stored on the service provider’s network, said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Both the city and USA Mobility Wireless, Inc. appealed the ruling.

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