Jessica Martin writes:
Privacy lawsuits in the United States usually seek damages for revealing embarrassing but true facts by the media— the so-called “disclosure tort” — but this is a “poor vehicle for grappling with the problems of privacy and reputation in the digital age,” says Neil M. Richards, JD, privacy law expert and professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
“The disclosure tort has never really worked successfully,” he says.
“It’s largely unconstitutional. The problem with suing the press for publishing the truth is that it’s their job. And the government can’t be in the business of telling the press what’s in the public interest and what’s private.”
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