Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Supreme Court: FOIA does not extend personal privacy to corporations

The Supreme Court recently ruled that corporations have no right of personal privacy to prevent the disclosure of documents under the federal Freedom of Information Act. At issue is information gathered by the Federal Communications Commission during an investigation of AT&T's participation in the federal E-Rate program, which helps schools and libraries get Internet access. "The protection in FOIA against disclosure of law enforcement information on the ground that it would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy does not extend to corporations," Roberts wrote. "We trust that AT&T will not take it personally."

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