Jan 192011
 
 January 19, 2011  Business, Court

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in FCC v. AT&T, a case that raises the issue of whether corporations have “personhood” in the sense that they have a reasonable expectation of privacy that individuals enjoy. The specific issue before the court is whether exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act that apply to individuals’ privacy can be used by corporations to exempt disclosure of records.

More information on the case can be found on SCOTUS Blog and on EPIC.org. EPIC had filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that expanding the notion of “personal privacy” to include corporations this way would be inconsistent with “common understanding, legal scholarship, technical methods, or privacy law.”

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