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Ontario vs. Quon
The Ontario Police Department searched a pager issued to Jeff Quon, an employee of the department, for text messages that contained sexually explicit messages not related to work. The Supreme Court held that such a search was reasonable and non-violative of the Fourth Amendment. (City of Ontario v. Quon, slip opinion No. 08-1332).
This case involves Sgt. Jeff Quon, a former police officer with the Ontario, CA Police Department. The Deprtment reviewed his usage of a department issued pager discovering "sexting." Essentially the case, being heard by the US Supreme Court in 2010 revolves around determing what are the privacy expectations on company owned devices as different from within the confines of workplace environment where precedent does not offer much in the way of privacy expectations.
Legal Analysis and Conclusion
Effects of the Law
- Ontario vs. Quon, 9th Circuit document
- City of Ontario v. Quon (08-1332) High Court Justices Consider Privacy Issues in Text Messaging Case
- U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing Ontario v. Quon, an Inland text privacy case
- Transcript of the Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court of the United States on April 19, 2010 re City of Ontario v. Quon
- EPIC: City of Ontario v. Quon
- Sexting Case Befuddles Supreme Court: 'What's The Difference Between Email And A Pager?'
Related Resources on FindLaw
- Employees Should Expect Little Privacy in Work-Provided Phones
- Privacy and Testing in the Workplace
- Right to Privacy at Work FAQ
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