In its first ruling on the privacy of workplace texting, the U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday a city audit of an employee's messages on a city-owned pager was a reasonable search under the Fourth Amendment. The unanimous ruling sidestepped whether a police sergeant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his text messages, some of which were private and sexually explicit. The case involved a public workplace, but employment lawyers said the ruling shows the need for privacy policies in private work settings as well.
Supreme Court Allows Search of Employee's City-Owned Pager
The National Law Journal
June 18, 2010