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Privacy and Human Rights 2003

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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"[2809] and also in matters relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, child rearing and education.[2810] Some states within the country have incorporated explicit privacy protections into their state constitutions.[2811]
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.[2812] The Court has also recognized a right of anonymity[2813] and the right of political groups to prevent disclosure of their members' names to government agencies.[2814]"

Points out how commercialized privacy has become.

posted on Sep, 9 2003 @ 10:31 PM
Tough topic.

Great reference site.

Another example of commercialization of privacy: where I spend a bit of time, it costs you more to have your number unlisted in the telephone directory than to have it listed.

posted on Sep, 9 2003 @ 10:48 PM
I've been looking over Canada and it isn't pretty. the US is probably worse but notice how since 9/11 every year or so a law is put through that magically contains provisions from other previous struck down/amended laws. But it looks like Canadians are good at raising a ruckus over personal rights. God Bless 'em.

edit - Jesus H. Christ: In regards to CCRA database: "In response to the criticism, the CCRA decided to change the database in March 2003 to reflect the criticisms. This was a big victory for privacy advocates.[854] Changes to the database include purging information not required for customs purposes, such as what people order to eat and health information."

[Edited on 10-9-2003 by ktprktpr]

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