Police Officers Fight for the Right to Sext from Work Phones

The Supreme Court will rule on whether employees have the right to privacy on work-supplied electronic devices when it hears a case in which some California cops got caught sexting by their chief.

The LA Times reports that the officers, in Ontario, California, were told to use their phones only for "official police business," instead they probably told various people they'd been bad and needed to be arrested in a more playful manner. The question no one is asking is whether it's fair to give people batons and handcuffs and a uniform and expect them not to sext about it.

But anyway, their chief wanted to check up on them so demanded — and got — transcripts of their text messages from the service provider. The cops then sued, and won, but the appeal has gone all the way to the Supreme Court justices. So we get to see if Scalia knows what a cellphone is.

If the ruling is upheld it has, as you can imagine, some wider implications for people with work-provided phones and computers. And even fax machines. Begin the sexy faxing from work!