Court: Carriers can't turn over texts without workers' consent

06/19/2008 | · Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that workers' messages are protected from the prying eyes of their bosses and that wireless carriers cannot turn them over to employers without employees' knowledge and consent. The ruling stemmed from a suit brought by an Ontario, Calif., police officer who sued Arch Wireless and his employer, arguing that his text messages were constitutionally protected from unreasonable searches.

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