Justice Scalia dossier and privacy rights

November 23, 2009

This is a really interesting story.  Justice Scalia maintains that there is no privacy right to the scads of individual items of personal data floating around the Internet.  However, when a Fordham Law School class created a 15 page dossier on Scalia (based on information pulled from public sources on the web) he wasn’t happy.  Justice Scalia objected based on his conclusion that the exercise demonstrated bad judgment (which is, ultimately, protected by the First Amendment).

This is yet another example of the tension between privacy rights and the First Amendment.  Development of frictionless information distribution via the web is gas thrown on the fire of this issue.

Read the following post on AboveTheLaw.com



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