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Case Seeks Privacy Rights for Corporations

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 19, 2011

Bloomberg reports on a business privacy case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court today that may rekindle debate over whether corporations can invoke a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provision protecting personal privacy. "In siding with AT&T, a lower court said companies can be embarrassed and stigmatized just like human beings," the report states, but government officials disagree. Prof. Stefan J. Padfield of the University of Akron School of Law has written about the case, suggesting the Supreme Court could rule for AT&T without necessarily affording companies the same protections as individuals, the report states, "leaving it to the agency handling the FOIA request to consider exactly how much privacy a company should have."
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