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Supreme Court Case Could Have Broad Implications

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 7, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving NASA and background checks for low-risk employees could have significant implications for private-sector employees, Philip Gordon writes for Workplace Privacy Counsel. The court heard oral arguments in the case on Tuesday that "swirled largely around whether a constitutional right to information privacy exists and, if so, what are its contours," Gordon writes, noting, similar requests for information on employees "have become increasingly common in the private sector...The court's decision--albeit in the context of federal constitutional law--might provide guidance on how vendors should handle this difficult situation in a manner that reduces risk."
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