The Right to Privacy

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The Right to Privacy

The Right to Privacy by Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy involves many different issues, from drug tests and school searches to workplace and technology issues. To make their points Alderman and Kennedy have chosen interesting sometimes maddening cases involving everything from illegal strip searches by the Chicago police to questionable workplace psychological testing. People have different reactions to these issues and Kennedy and Alderman just don't have the solution that is right for everybody. Their goal is to make people more aware of the problem, of the value of privacy and of what we risk losing. In addition, the more people that know about their rights, the better informed they are, then the more likely they are to participate in the process and in the public debate. They hope to get people thinking about these issues, especially in the area of computers and information technology, where we are at a crossroads. It's important for them to see what they have done about privacy issues in the past and decide whether that has been satisfactory or whether they want to do more.

The word “privacy” does not appear in the United States Constitution. The most explicit section of the Constitution involving privacy is the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure and has been interpreted by the Supreme Court to protect privacy. Alderman and Kennedy have taken the time to assemble an impressive collection of cases that touches on all aspects of privacy law. The authors cover cases according to the parties involved in the dispute and note which torts are involved on a case by case basis. Sections include privacy versus law enforcement, voyeurs, the press, in the workplace, of personal information, and in personal choice issues, for example abortion. Some of these cases are Davis v. Davis and Cooper v. Anderson.

Cooper v. Anderson is about a sex tape. Debbie Anderson and Jeff Cooper were teenagers. Debbie...
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