Privacy: The Great American Assumption

The Declaration of Independence doesn't contain the word "privacy." Neither does the Constitution. So where do Americans get this concept that they enjoy a right of privacy?

Some say that Constitutional privacy rights are merely wishful thinking that have no basis in the document itself. Any privacy rights that exist in the US, they argue, are a result of judicial lawmaking.

But "most people," including the United States Supreme Court, believe that although the word itself is missing from the Constitution, the concept shows up in the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Fourteenth amendments. These amendments, they confidently announce, are where the American concept of privacy is contained. Privacy: The Great American Assumption | - Privacy Law and Data Protection

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 19th October 2005 2:54AM