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Supreme Court: Businesses Do Not Have Personal Privacy Rights

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 1, 2011

Corporations do not have personal privacy rights when it comes to the disclosure of federal records. That's according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today, Reuters reports. The case was brought forward after an Appeals Court ruling that found an exception in the federal Freedom of Information Act where the U.S. Congress defined a "person" to include "an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization." In today's ruling, the justices unanimously overturned the prior court's finding that "corporations can assert personal privacy in claiming the records should be exempt from disclosure," the report states.
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