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Privacy Advocate Gets Enhanced Publishing Rights

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 18, 2011

U.S. District Judge Robert Payne signed a consent order broadening the scope of information that privacy advocate Betty "BJ" Ostergren is allowed to post on her Web site. The Associated Press reports that this ends Ostergren's more-than-yearlong battle challenging a Virginia law prohibiting anyone from making Social Security numbers (SSNs) available to the public. Ostergren won a case allowing her to publish SSNs--but only of public officials. According to the report, a federal appeals court called the ruling too limited and sent it back to Payne. Ostergren says she's posting the data to show that the government is not adequately protecting citizens' privacy when it posts this information to its Web sites.
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