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Supreme Court To Decide Privacy of Employee Texts

U.S. Supreme Court this morning decided to hear a case on the privacy of employee text messages sent on employer-provided devices, reports the Washington Post (see below).

The case--City of Ontario v. Quon--could have profound implications on employee privacy rights, according to a Baltimore Sun report. It involves an Ontario, California police officer who sent sexually explicit messages to another officer using the department-issued device. The messages were discovered during an audit, and a lawsuit claiming privacy violations followed. California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the sender of the messages, but dissent by a number of judges prompted an appeal to the Supreme Court.

9th Circuit Opinion:
Quon v. Arch Wireless (9th Circuit)

Additional reports:
Washington Post
The Curmudgeon's Comments - City of Ontario v. Quon — USSC

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.