Some additional information on yesterday's post regarding the Supreme Court's decision to hear the Quon case. The high Court agreed to hear some, but not all of the issues presented by the Ninth Circuit decision in the case.
The Court will consider whether a police sergeant assigned to a SWAT team had a reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment in text messages transmitted on a department-issued pager and stored by an outside service provider even in the face of the City of Ontario's "general practice" of non-monitoring of such communications. The Court denied review (known as "certiorari") to questions of whether the surrender to the city in the first instance by Arch Wireless (the service provider) of those messages violated the Stored Communications Act.
messages transmitted on his SWAT pager, when the police department has an
informal policy of allowing some personal use of pagers?
• Did the Ninth Circuit contravene Fourth Amendment precedents and create
circuit conflict by analyzing whether the police department could have used
'less intrusive methods' of reviewing text messages transmitted by the SWAT
team member on his SWAT pager?
• Do individuals who send text messages to a SWAT team member's SWAT pager
have a reasonable expectation that their messages will be free from review by
the recipient's government employer?