Scott Flaherty reports:
The Chicago Sun-Times lost a battle over its right to report on its hometown on Friday, when an appeals court ruled that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t give the newspaper a license to publish personal information gleaned from driving records.
Rejecting First Amendment arguments by the paper’s lawyers and several amicus groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that Sun-Times Media LLC violated the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act when it published the names and physical identifiers of five Chicago cops. The DPPA, passed in 1994, prohibits disclosing personal information obtained through driving records.
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