Supreme Court to Decide if AT&T Has Personal Privacy Rights
Monday, November 22, 2010
Corporations could win privacy rights reserved until now for individuals if the U.S. Supreme Court finds in favor of AT&T in a case that will be heard early next year.
At issue is whether AT&T can block the release of company documents, previously delivered to the Federal Communications Commission, as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The FCC intended to turn over the AT&T materials to comply with the FOIA request, when the company sued to stop the government and won a ruling before a federal appeals court.
AT&T lawyers claim the release of the information would constitute “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,” meaning a corporation should be entitled to the privacy rights ordinarily associated with people.
The government is opposing the company’s attempt to redefine personal privacy in the case AT&T v. FCC.
FOIA supporters fear the granting of personal privacy rights to corporations could cripple citizen efforts to obtain information through the landmark act.
Do Corporations Have Personal Privacy Rights? (by Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News)
FCC v. AT&T (Electronic Privacy Information Center)
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