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Supreme Court rules on public employee privacy case

As discussed in an earlier blog entry here, the Supreme Court has ruled that a public employer does not violate an employee's Fourth Amendment rights (which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures) when it obtained copies of text messages sent by the employee (with a pager provided by the employer, but where the texts were paid for by the employee) where the search "was motivated by a legitimate, work-related purpose" and where the search's scope did not exceed the purpose.

The opinion can be found here.

Given the tenor of the oral argument, it was not unexpected.  However, it does show that constitutional protections for public employees are not as strong as for private citizens. 

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