Appellate judge asks Supreme Court to clarify privacy rights

Carol J. Williams reports in the Los Angeles Times:

Is there a constitutional right to informational privacy?

That is a question that Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is asking the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the justices hinted at such a right 32 years ago and “never said another word about it.”

Kozinski urged the high court Thursday to clarify what, if any, right a citizen has to shield medical and mental health records from an employer’s inspection. The issue arises from the successful challenge by workers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech and other federal aerospace contractors to the Bush administration’s demand for probing security reviews after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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