Employer can search employee's electronic messages
The Supreme Court rule this week, in Quon v. City of Ontario, that a California police officer's constitutional rights were not violated when the City intercepted and reviewed his sexually explicit messages to his wife. Or his mistress. The Court did say that the case does not establish a broad rule justifying intrusion. "Prudence counsels caution...[in evaluating] privacy expectations enjoyed by employees when using employer-provided communications devices." In this case, the messages were intercepted as City officials attempted to determine whether their limits on texting were too low.