March 1, 2011
Supreme Court Decides FCC v. AT&T
The United States Supreme Court just decided FCC v. AT&T, Inc. The Freedom of Information Act exempts from disclosure law enforcement records the disclosure of which “could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” Justice Roberts, for a unanimous court, (with Kagan not participating) distinguished between “person” and “personal.” The opinion concedes that corporations are “persons” but argues that “personal” means more than just relating to a person; it relates to human concerns.
No constitutional issue here--this was purely a question of statutory interpretation—but interesting nonetheless.
March 1, 2011 | Permalink