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2009-12-15 13:52:02

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy with text messages sent from their employers' accounts. The court accepted an Ontario, California case involving three police officers and another employee who said the department had improperly spied on their text exchanges, some of which were said to be sexually explicit. Although the case involves government employees, the court's ruling could impact private-workplace rules for...

2008-06-19 21:00:03

By Rod Leveque ONTARIO - A federal appeals court has ruled the Ontario Police Department violated the privacy rights of several of its employees by reviewing text messages they sent on city-issued pagers. The decision, issued Wednesday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, overturned a lower court's ruling in the case and bolstered the rights of workers across the country to be free from unreasonable searches by their bosses. "In today's age, where you have mass electronic communication...

2008-01-12 00:45:00

A federal judge blocked the government Friday from conducting background checks of low-risk employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory after an appeals court said the investigations threaten the constitutional rights of workers. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright issued the injunction after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his earlier ruling and issued a sharp rebuke to the judge. The higher court said the 28 scientists and engineers who refused to submit to the background...

2006-04-14 18:13:04

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that a Los Angeles city policy of arresting homeless people found sitting, lying or sleeping in public access areas is unconstitutional. A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 that the city's ordinance is unlawful under the Eighth Amendment, which bars cruel and unusual punishment. The appeal was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for six homeless people who...

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