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Limitations and Rights of the Freedom of Information Act

Underneath the Freedom of Information Act:

o What are common privacy rights held by U.S. citizens?
o In what ways do citizens want the press to respect their privacy?
o When do the reporting interests of the media conflict with citizen privacy rights?
o What is the Freedom of Information Act? Whom does it benefit and why?
o By which limitations must the press refrain from reporting information?
o How does a free press help to ensure an honest government?
o How do cameras in the courts arouse controversy about the right of privacy? What about the constitutionality of cameras in the courtroom?

If anyone is familiar with the following articles:
Cameras in the Courts, Prominent Televised cases

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o What are common privacy rights held by U.S. citizens?
Under the law of Torts :Section 652A-652*
There is a privacy right from unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another, appropriation of a persons name, publication of private facts and publication that places a person in a false light.

o In what ways do citizens want the press to respect their privacy?
The public do not want the press to disclose confidential personal information to be disclosed in a public place to third parties, they do not want the press to physically invade the house of a person, repeat persistent phone calls, obtain financial details, publish private facts like income tax data, letters, emails, quarrels, sex relations and unreasonable intrusion on seclusion.

o When do the reporting interests of the media conflict with ...

Solution Summary

This posting discusses the Freedom of Information Act. Then the solution then gives you an analysis of privacy rights and press freedom.

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