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Supreme Court Rules on City of Ontario v. Quon

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 17, 2010

The Supreme Court has ruled on a case involving the privacy of employee text messages transmitted on employer-issued equipment. In a unanimous decision on City of Ontario v. Quon, the justices determined that the search of a police officer's personal messages on his government-owned pager did not violate his constitutional rights, the Associated Press reports. The decision reverses that of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the police officer, Sgt. Jeff Quon, could not assume "that his messages were in all circumstances immune from scrutiny," the report states.
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