We reject the argument that because “person” is defined for purposes of FOIA to include a corporation, the phrase “personal privacy” in Exemption 7(C) reaches corporations as well. The protection in FOIA against disclosure of law enforcement information on the ground that it would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy does not extend to corporations. We trust that AT&T will not take it personally.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Jonathan Adler at the The Volokh Conspiracy pulls a great quote from the recent opinion in FCC v. AT&T, a case in which AT&T was asserting a "personal privacy" protection to avoid disclosure of corporate information in from FOIA requests made of the Federal Communications Commission, Chief Justice Roberts wrote: