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USSC Sets Date for Employee Privacy Case Review

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 23, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon begin its review of a Ninth Circuit decision that has implications for employee privacy. The Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports that the USSC has set oral argument for April 19. The court will review the Ninth Circuit's 2008 decision in Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Co. which, according to the blog, has "forced private employers to renew their focus on ensuring robust and consistent enforcement of employee monitoring policies." Among other considerations, the Supreme Court will determine whether a municipal police officer has a reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages transmitted on a department-issued pager.
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