A government worker did not have a legitimate expectation of privacy with regard to the record or fruits of his Internet use in light of his government employer’s policy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held Feb. 28 (United States v. Simons, 4th Cir., No. 99-4238, 2/28/00).

The defendant, Mark L. Simons, was an employee of the Foreign Bureau of Information Services, a division of the Central Intelligence Agency. In June 1998, FBIS instituted a policy regarding Internet usage by employees. The policy stated that employees were to use the Internet for official government business only. Accessing unlawful material was particularly prohibited.

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