SCOTUS To Hear Key Privacy Case
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.November 28, 2011
International Business Times reports on several key Supreme Court cases that are currently on the docket, including one that could affect "how privacy violations by the government can be redressed." FAA v. Cooper will be argued before the courts on November 30. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a pilot suffered embarrassment and mental distress after the Social Security Administration disclosed the individual's health benefits records to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) without the pilot's consent during an FAA investigation. The FAA argues that because the suit has been filed against a government agency, the meaning and scope of the Privacy Act "should be narrowly viewed to cover damages that only result in actual money being lost," the report states.