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Opinion: When the Right to Know and Privacy Collide

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 7, 2011

The New York Times features an editorial on the Freedom of Information Act's exemption 7 to protect individuals' privacy and a current Supreme Court review of an appeals court's ruling that "personal privacy" extends to corporations. Detailing the case, Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T, the editorial suggests, "the appeals court's mistaken view has to be taken seriously. As the acting solicitor general warned, its logic, if upheld, would lead to 'personal privacy' for local, state and foreign governments, with 'no meaningful benchmarks to guide the federal agencies and the courts in defining the limits' of those interests." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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