Sep 142009
 September 14, 2009  Posted by  Court, U.S., Workplace

Maya T. Prabhu reports:

A case that will be argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in November could set a precedent that affects the way educators and other public employees use their eMail.

The court has agreed to hear a case that will determine whether the public’s right to know what its government is doing extends to reading personal eMails of teachers sent while at work–and legal experts say the employees in question, and all public school employees in general, might not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.


The case began when a private citizen filed a public-records request asking the Wisconsin Rapids School District to provide eMail messages sent “from the computer [the teachers] use[d] during their school work day” between March 1 and April 13, 2007. He stated that he was on a “fishing expedition” to see if the teachers violated school policy by using their work eMail to discuss school board elections.

Read more in eSchool News.

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