Saturday, June 26, 2010

Odd Privacy Decisions

The combination of two court decisions on the privacy of personal data struck me as odd.

  1. The United States Supreme Court ruled in a case from Washington State that the names and addresses of people who signed a petition supporting traditional marriage could be made public. The losing side had argued the information was protected under the Privacy Act, and that releasing it would subject the petition signers to harassment by extremist gay marriage supporters.
  2. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled the state Motor Vehicle Division was right to refuse to release the names and addresses of illegal aliens who were given drivers licenses. The losing side had argued the information was needed to determine how many of the illegal aliens were registered to vote, and had voted in state and federal elections.
So the courts have ruled illegal aliens have rights that are denied to citizens. I find that very interesting.

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