US Supreme Court to Rule over Text Privacy Case
The US Supreme Court will rule over the text privacy case after it has granted the motion of the Ontario Police Department to hear its side of the issue.
The new SC ruling is expected to set new guidelines and rules for the use of mobile devices that were issued by the employers.
The United States Supreme Court said on Monday that it would soon come out with the ruling over the controversial “text privacy” case after it has granted the appeal of the Ontario, California Police Department to hear its side of the issue.
The issue stemmed from a complaint by four policemen from the said department, saying that their police chief has read several text messages from their mobile electronic devices supplied by their office. Some of the said text messages were sexually explicit.
In 2008, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has made a milestone ruling by siding with the police officers, saying that the four had a “reasonable expectation of privacy in their text messages”.
The police officers, according to the appellate court, were led to believe by their supervisors and higher officials that they could use the said devices for personal use.
Meanwhile, the US High Court said that it will soon issue a decision by June next year, which could eventually led to the setting of new guidelines and rules for the use of computers, cellphones, and other texting devices in their workplace.
It was learned that the ruling of the 9th Circuit CA was the very first federal court decision that upheld the right to privacy of the workers under the US Constitution, regardless if the devices were issued by the employers.
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