Corporations have no personal privacy + SCOTUS Snark Watch

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Extra, extra, read all about it – AT&T doesn’t have personal privacy [within the meaning of Exemption 7(C) to the Freedom of Information Act] (“[C]ould reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy”).

opinion is here.

The case is fairly straight forward

AT&T – Personal is an adjective form of Person, and congress said Corporations are Persons.

FCC – uh… no?

Third Circuit – Yeah, they totally have personal privacy

SCOTUS – uh… no, srsly?! lol what?!

Some stuff about nouns and adjectives.

But then there is some fun snark:

The noun “crab” refers variously to a crustacean and a type of apple, while the related adjective “crabbed” can refer to handwriting that is “difficult to read,” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary 527 (2002); “corny” can mean “using familiar and stereotyped formulas believed to appeal to the unsophisticated,” id., at 509, which has little to do with “corn,” id., at 507 (“the seeds of any of the cereal grasses used for food”); and while “crank” is “a part of an axis bent at right angles,” “cranky” can mean “given to fretful fussiness,” id., at 530.

Certainly, if the chief  executive officer of a corporation approached the chief  financial officer and said, “I have
something personal to tell you,” we would not assume the CEO was about to discuss company business.

The protection in FOIA against disclosure of law 12 FCC v. AT&T INC. Opinion of the Court enforcement information on the ground that it wouldconstitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy does not extend to corporations.  We trust that AT&T will not take it personally.

I’m probably just reading into this too much, but there is at least some snark coming out of the unanimous SCOTUS smack down.

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