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,, 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

More information about the case is at

Hat-tip, TechDirt

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