Supreme Court Finds Privacy Rights of U.S. Workers Outweighed by Government Security Interests: On January 19, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in NASA v. Nelson, No. 09-530, that the federal government has broad discretion to make inquiries of workers and their job references. The Court overruled the 9th Circuit’s findings that questioning workers about prior drug counseling and treatment and asking their references for adverse information about them violated workers’ rights to privacy. The Court declined to address whether the questions implicated privacy rights. The Court instead focused on the government’s interest in protecting against security risks, effectively limiting its decisions to cases involving government workers. Some privacy advocates believe the case may ultimately have more far-reaching implications, especially as it comes months after the Court decided in Quon that text message searches by government agencies can be constitutionally conducted. The decision was decided 8-0, with Justices Scalia and Thomas concurring, noting that they believe that the Constitution does not protect informational privacy. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case due to prior involvement in the case.