The corporate civil rights struggle

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As reported in the Huffington Post, the Supreme Court is considering a case on a corporation’s right to privacy to prevent the government from making public information about the corporation.   The company in question, AT&T, wants to prevent the FCC from releasing information it gathered on the company while investigating it’s participation in a Federal program that helps schools and libraries get internet access.

The administration wants the high court to rule that corporations may not claim a personal privacy exception contained in the federal Freedom of Information Act. The exception may be used only by individuals, the administration said in a brief signed by Elena Kagan, the newest justice who served in the Justice Department until last month.

For the record, Justice Kagan will not take part in the case.But here’s what I’m wondering.  Corporations are crying for a right to privacy, but they don’t respect their customers’ privacy as reported by Homeland Stupidity in 2006

On January 31, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against AT&T alleging that the company cooperated with the NSA in violation of law and spied on the communications of innocent Americans.

This week, Mark Klein, a retired AT&T technician, submitted an affidavit in the case, stating that he was involved in the installation of the surveillance and data mining equipment that NSA used to implement the terrorist surveillance program that President George W. Bush authorized by secret executive order in October 2001.

Sanity rally here I come!

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