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    Associated Press: Scalia speaks on digital privacy at NYC conference

    US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke today at the Institute of American and Talmudic Law’s Midwinter Conference, entitled, “The Right to Privacy and Individual Liberties – From Ancient Times to the Cyberspace Age.” (PDF press release.) Unfortunately, the text of his speech is not available, but the Associated Press reports on the talk:

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says discussions of privacy rights in the digital era should distinguish between such confidential data as medical records and information that might be personal but isn’t hard to know.

    Scalia told a New York City audience Wednesday that considering every fact about someone’s life private is “silly.”

    Scalia says he’s largely untroubled by technology that targets online advertising by tracking a person’s Internet searches, though data such as drug prescriptions probably should be off-limits.

    If you’re unfamiliar with Justice Scalia, here are a few articles about him.

    2 Responses to “Associated Press: Scalia speaks on digital privacy at NYC conference”

    1. Logical Extremes Says:

      Daniel Solove had an interesting note on a prior decision in which Scalia was in the majority…

      “Moreover, the [US Supreme] Court [Department of Defense v. FLRA, 510 U.S. 487 (1994)] noted that “[a]n individual’s interest in controlling the dissemination of information regarding personal matters does not dissolve simply because that information may be available to the public in some form.” Id. at 500.”

      http://www.concurringopinions.com/archives/2009/01/justice_scalias_1.html

    2. Privacy Lives Says:

      Thanks for the comment. I read Solove’s post and the discussion in the comments with interest.

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