Privacy Protection After 20 Years Under Reporters Committee
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
In 1989, in what arguably is the most significant Freedom of Information Act decision ever issued, the Supreme Court in Department of Justice v. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press both broadened the concept of personal privacy and narrowed the definition of the "public interest" in disclosure. This decision caused a sea change in privacy protection by altering the balancing process by which federal agencies decide whether to invoke the FOIA's privacy exemptions -- leading to the withholding of greater amounts of information from the public. Marking the 20th anniversary of this landmark FOIA decision, this program will examine its full impact on government openness versus the protection of personal privacy and also explore its continued viability with the passage of time.
Presented by the Collaboration on Government Secrecy