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High Court Ruling Bolsters Employer Searches

Law360 (June 17, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT) -- Employers may be shoring up their privacy policies following a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday that upheld a text message search of a police officer's department-issued pager but left employee privacy issues open-ended.

While the court's decision was mostly hailed by employment attorneys because it upheld the text message audit of SWAT team member Jeff Quon's messages by the city of Ontario, Calif., the ruling also underscored the need for employers to make sure their privacy policies are clear, up-to-date and not undermined by informal...
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