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Supreme Court Says Gov't Employee Texts Not Private 263

Posted by timothy
from the where-to-draw-the-line dept.
e9th writes "The Supreme Court, in a 9-0 ruling, has decided that government employers are entitled to examine all text messages sent with government-provided devices, even if the employee has agreed to pay for any excess message charges out of his own pocket. While the ruling only applies to government employees (at all levels), it may give private sector employees something to think about when using employer-provided devices."
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Supreme Court Says Gov't Employee Texts Not Private

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  • Re:Simple. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Shakrai (717556) * on Thursday June 17, 2010 @01:42PM (#32605184) Journal

    So you can text your best friend the lurid details of your latest sexual conquest.

    If you can fit the lurid details of your latest sexual conquest into 160 characters then it probably wasn't all that impressive ;) Besides, everybody knows that those conversations need to happen over a pint of beer....

  • Re:Simple. (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 17, 2010 @01:43PM (#32605192)

    Now why would you go and do something silly like pay for your own phone service when you can get the taxpayers to pick up the tab instead?

    I know what you're saying, but there may be some good reasons. We have employer issued phones at our workplace with unlimited plans. Making personal calls or sending texts during non-work hours does nothing to change the final bill, so we've been told to use them for our own personal use as well. We're required to have the phones & be "on call." Why would I want to pay for a second phone I don't need?

    See, what you are missing is that the original poster just knows all government employees are lazy, time wasting bearucrats intent on sucking up as much taxpayer money while doing as little as possible in return. You are just trying to use facts to point out the stupidity of his assumptions; and trying to take money out of the poor corporations who would profit from all those employees having to spend money on personal cell phones, energy that won't be consumed by having to keep two phones charged, materials and accessories that won't get sold to support spurious phones, etc.

    Its almost like you HATE America

  • Re:Simple. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Ingolfke (515826) on Thursday June 17, 2010 @02:15PM (#32605570) Journal

    Why would I want to pay for a second phone I don't need?

    One reason might be so your company doesn't have legal access to your texts asking your mom if you can have some friends over to play D&D this weekend.

  • Re:Simple. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 17, 2010 @03:39PM (#32606486)
    If you can fit the lurid details of your latest sexual conquest into 160 characters then it probably wasn't all that impressive ;)

    Yo-I jst fckd yr mom. She is 1 crzy btch. Lft her cuffd to yr bdrm clng fan. BTW u shld pbly burn yr pillow now. And yr shts. And yr bed. And all yr actn figrs.

    Exactly 160 characters.
  • Re:Simple. (Score:4, Funny)

    by JWSmythe (446288) <jwsmythe AT jwsmythe DOT com> on Thursday June 17, 2010 @07:27PM (#32608528) Homepage Journal

    Msg: Hey Bob, check this out. You know how the bosses daughter is really fucking hot?
    Msg: I was talking to her in the elevator. She asked how big my cock is, so I told her to check for herself.
    Msg: We skipped our floor, and went up to 11. You know, the floor that no one uses.
    Msg: She jumped up and wrapped her legs around me. I carried her to that corner office.
    Msg: She ripped my clothes off. Her clothes came off like they were nothing.
    Msg: You wouldn't believe how perfect her body is. She's 21, so it's all good.
    Msg: She started sucking my cock right there. I guess she liked how big it is. :)
    Msg: I started fucking the shit out of her, and she came twice before I knew it.
    Msg: then she wanted me to fuck her in the ass. God it was tight.
    Msg: After I came in her ass, she wanted to suck me clean. What a dirty slut.
    Msg: I already emailed my super and told him I'm home sick today.
    Msg: We're going out for drinks when she can walk again, and then to a hotel.
    Msg: shit don't tell my wife. I'll call her and tell her we're having a work emergency, and I won't be home.
    Msg: shit, did I send that to your work phone? Make sure you delete all of the msgs!

        Nah, it'd all fit in text messages. Unfortunately, since you didn't come into work, you didn't know Bob got fired this morning, and the phone was sitting on the bosses desk in case any texts or calls came in from customers. Worse than that, his daughter is only 17. She has a fake ID so she can drink. Tomorrow is not going to be your day. The boss is thinking "Call the cops, or just kill him. The bastard will die."

        If only you had consulted with the BOFH first. Always ask the BOFH for advice. BOFH knows all and sees all, even the video from the 11th floor, that he'll be putting online in about 5 minutes, under your name. Not only would he have warned you she was only 17, he would have emailed you her last STD report. It wasn't good. It won't matter much, you won't live to see the weekend.

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