Supreme Court to hear text message case

New York Times: Justices to hear text-message case.

Background:

  • A police sergeant in California sent sexually explicit text messages on his government-issued pager.
  • His police chief and several others in the department read the messages.
  • Sergeant Jeff Quon sued, saying his privacy rights were violated.

The Ninth Circuit upheld Sergeant Quon’s view of things.

Although no FOIA was involved, if the Supremes rule in favor of Quon, that will make it very difficult for records requestors to obtain copies of private e-mails and text messages sent on government equipment.

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