posted on Sep, 9 2003 @ 10:07 PM
"There is no explicit right to privacy in the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has ruled that there is a limited constitutional right of
privacy based on several provisions in the Bill of Rights. This includes a right to privacy from government surveillance into an area where a person
has a "reasonable expectation of privacy" and also in matters relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, child
rearing and education. Some states within the country have incorporated explicit privacy protections into their state constitutions.
However, the United States has taken a sectoral approach to privacy regulation so that records held by third parties, such as consumer marketing
profiles or telephone calling records, are generally not protected unless a legislature has enacted a specific law. The Court has also
recognized a right of anonymity and the right of political groups to prevent disclosure of their members' names to government
Points out how commercialized privacy has become.