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Court "Skeptical" that Corporations Have Personal Privacy Rights

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 20, 2011

The Washington Post reports that it "might be an understatement to say the Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed skeptical" as it began reviewing a case asking whether corporations have personal privacy rights. The case came after AT&T convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals that an exception in the federal Freedom of Information Act for "personal privacy" extended to the corporation itself, the report states, pointing to a provision in the law where the U.S. Congress defined "person" to include "an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization." Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., however, said he disagrees with the argument that because "person" includes corporation in one part of the statute, "personal" must include corporations in another part, while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out that the law contains many exceptions, including for medical records, trade secrets and financial records. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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