US Supreme Court debates privacy rights and government's role as employer

Posted in: Legal & Security at 06/10/2010 22:41

The Supreme Court seemed disinclined on Tuesday to impose strict limits on how the federal government can investigate the backgrounds of contractors seeking work, but the justices were more split over what a constitutional right to privacy protects.

The court recognized the right to "informational privacy" in the 1970s but has done little to clarify what it means. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy acknowledged during Tuesday's oral arguments that decades later, it remains "somewhat ill-defined or undefined."

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