Cos. Don't Have Personal Privacy, US Tells High Court

Law360, New York (January 19, 2011, 5:11 PM EST) -- Extending the Freedom of Information Act’s "personal privacy" exemptions to corporations would create legal anomalies and run afoul of established interpretations of individual privacy interests, the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office argued Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Even though federal law defined corporations as "persons," Congress never intended FOIA’s personal privacy exemptions to apply to such companies, Anthony Yang, assistant to the solicitor general, said during oral arguments in the Federal Communications Commission’s challenge of AT&T Inc.’s refusal to respond to a FOIA request.

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