Supreme Court: Employees' Private E-mails Stay Private
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 19, 2010
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that government employees can send personal e-mails on work computers without fearing they may become public information, The Associated Press reports. The court ruled that using a work computer to send information doesn't make the information subject to the state's open records law. The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by five public school teachers asking that none other than work-related e-mails be released in response to a citizen's open records request. In her majority ruling, which overturned that of a lower court, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson said, "While government business is to be kept open, the contents of employees' personal e-mails are not a part of government business."