US Justices will determine privacy of government workers' messages

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by snowdrift, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. snowdrift

    snowdrift Registered Member

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    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    * Supreme Court will hear two appeals regarding messages on government work devices
    * Privacy dispute centers on police officer who sent "sexually explicit" messages on the job
    * Police officer sued city and wireless company for invasion of privacy
    * Justices also dismissed claims by former Guantanamo detainees

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/12/14/scotus.messaging/index.html
     
  2. noone_particular

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    Using company supplied equipment for personal use, and doing it on paid time? That's at least 2 violations of policies in most places. There's no expectation of privacy when the equipment isn't your own, especially when it's not supposed to be for personal use. He's supposed to be enforcing the law but instead wants to sue when he's caught disregarding the rules. A fine example of hypocrisy.
     
  3. LockBox

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    Not quite. Just because the equipment is "high-tech?"

    If you take a break and call your wife from work - using the company phone on your desk - would you be a tad upset if the boss was listening in?

    If you dropped off a greeting card to your wife (already stamped) in the company mailroom - would you be okay with the bosses opening the card and reading it?

    There's other examples, but it's not as cut and dried as you make it sound.
     
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