June 17th, 2010
10:21 AM ET
4 years ago

Court rules against government employees in texting case

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on privacy Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on privacy Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - Public employees who send personal messages on their state-issued communication devices do not enjoy a "reasonable expectation" of privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The justices unanimously concluded that state officials had the right to review the review the records of a California police officer who exchanged hundreds of personal messages - some of a "sexually explicit" nature - on his department text pager.

"Because the search was motivated by a legitimate work-related purpose, and because it was not excessive in scope, the search was reasonable," Justice Anthony Kennedy noted in the court's decision.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. gt

    typical government empolyee...waste time and tax payers money and then cries about it. when caught or repermanded....

    June 17, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Angus McDugan

    What kind of person would believe they have any right to privacy when using a hardware and network access provided by an employer? If you want privacy then go purchase your own device and network access.

    Gesh people!

    June 17, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Wisconsinite

    Well, DUH! What a moron this guy must be!

    June 17, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. had the right to review the review the records of a California police officer who exchanged hundreds of personal messages - some of a "sexually explicit" nature - on his department text pager

    and I thought he was 'protecting and serving' the community

    instead he was exchanging hundreds of personal messages – some of a "sexually explicit" nature – on his department text pager.

    police offiers like this need to have their retirement removed and fired

    this makes the other police officers look really bad

    June 17, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Rickster

    this is the only logical decision.

    June 17, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. SocialismBad

    If corporate employees don't get privacy on company assets then why would goverment employees be entitled to it? Seems pretty obvious and a waste of the USSC time.

    June 17, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Pragmatic

    It's called "theft of services". The taxpayers pay for those devices and expect them to be used for the taxpayers' business.

    If you want to sex-text – do it on your own time, and your own dime – buy your personal communication device!

    June 17, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |