May 272010
 
 May 27, 2010  Posted by  Business, Court

Corporations should not be able to claim a personal privacy right to try to shield government documents about them from public view, six public interest organizations told the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the groups urged the court to grant review of and overturn a lower court decision holding that corporations may invoke “personal privacy” as a legal basis for claiming that embarrassing records should be withheld from public view.

The case is Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T. The groups filing the brief – Public Citizen, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press – urge the court to review a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Read more of the press release on Public Citizen.

The brief is available at http://www.citizen.org/documents/FCCAmicus.pdf.

More information about the case is at http://www.citizen.org/litigation/forms/cases/getlinkforcase.cfm?cID=606.

Hat-tip, TechDirt

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