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The idea of privacy has played a role in constitutional thought, formulations of human rights, and both common and civil law. The US Supreme Court has recognized that five of the original Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment protect privacy interests. In US tort law, interests against intrusion upon seclusion, public disclosure of private fact, publications placing one in a false light, and misappropriation of a person's name, likeness, or identity are potentially protected through civil actions styled ‘invasions of privacy’. Federal and state statutes protect interests in the privacy of records relating to, inter alia, health, finances, consumer transactions, Internet use, and taxes.
Anita L. Allen is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of New College (BA), the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), and Harvard Law school (JD). Professor Allen is co-author with Richard Turkington of a comprehensive textbook, Privacy Law (2nd edn., 2002). She has also published ‘Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society’ (1988) and several dozen articles on ethical, legal, and social dimensions of personal privacy and private choice.
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