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The Right to Privacy

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Can the police strip-search a woman who has been arrested for a minor traffic violation? Can a magazine publish an embarrassing photo of you without your permission? Does your boss have the right to read your email? Can a company monitor its employees' off-the-job lifestyles--and fire those who drink, smoke, or live with a partner of the same sex? Although the word privacy ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 4th 1997 by Vintage (first published 1995)
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Nov 22, 2014 Antigone rated it liked it
Shelves: governance
Apart from the fact that I'm central to my own life, and somewhat of a principal performer therein, my importance to the larger world is relatively negligible. No one's going to hang out in a nearby tree waiting for my lover to appear, or press his pedal to the metal to tail my very old SUV. My most valuable asset is probably my brain, and it's never busy masterminding clever urban crime. I haven't run for office, or killed the campaign of anyone who has. Notorious is a movie I saw once. The red ...more
Aug 02, 2007 Nicko rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lawyers
In Chicago, a law dating from 1952 mandated that all women arrested there, no matter how trivial their crime, *must* be strip searched by prison matrons. Not only were most of the matrons brutal in carrying out this law, but male officers routinely secretly watched this degrading, humiliating, unconstitutional action via video camera--effectively turning every Chicago police station into a producer of rape pornography for the prurient delectation of its male staff. Tragically, it was not until t ...more
May 07, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
This book was quite interesting. It is dated since it was published in 1995, but it still helps with the "Right to Privacy" dilemma. Since the word "privacy" does not appear in the Constitution, each state is left to determine what the right to privacy is, it seems. There is so much inconsistency, As i understand it, no state can make what is in the Constitution less, but they can make things more strict. So, abortions are legal in every State, but each state can make it almost impossible to get ...more
Aug 06, 2007 Inggita rated it really liked it
I thought Media and the Law will not be a favorite course - it's like being reminded of the unsexy part of the industry and our passion. But as this book, the required reading of the course reflects the complicated relations between stakeholders in the world that the media industry depicts and covers, us readers will never be the same. there's no right or wrong answer, each of the case is a delicate interplay between a community sense of justice, human dignity, and practical solution. And foreig ...more
Jan 15, 2009 Monique rated it it was amazing
Also, one of my favorites. Goes through some actual cases and interpretations by the courts. It discusses what WE think our right to privacy is and how the courts see society's right to privacy (since it does not actual state in the constitution what OUR rights are in reference to privacy). It would be a great follow-up to this book to have a 2nd book discussing and giving some additional, more recent cases and the courts interpretation, given the Bush administrations views on a persons right to ...more
Jan 27, 2017 Heather rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I've ever read. I read it for the first time in college - and it started my obsession with privacy. I became a junkie for articles, books and court cases revolving around our personal privacy. The stories in this book are harrowing, and I read this 20 years ago. I want to reread it when I have time to see how it's aged. We have less privacy now than ever and I'm interested to see the comparisons.
Apr 30, 2008 Jarome rated it liked it
When honorable, yet powerful, humble, yet strong women have something to say, I usually listen. This is pure truth and well said. Filed in the library of my mind I feel like I've taken a class on law, history and psychology taught by Caroline Kennedy herself. For these authors to take a second and memorialize where we've come, will hopefully help the next generation not make the same mistakes.
Sep 19, 2007 Rosie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: non-lawyers interested in constitutional rights, Americans
For those people who aren't super familiar with legal concepts surrounding the right to privacy, this lays out a lot of complex information in a clear, simple, and engaging way.

I think it's a good selection of cases, including a few that may have been passed over even by the lawyers and law students out there. Privacy 101 without the media hype.
Jan 11, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing
I just unpacked this book too and I remembered loving it. I don't always agree with Caroline Kennedy's political views, however I wholeheartedly agreed with much of what she shared in this book. The book shares many small stories and vignettes of examples of our privacy at risk. Great book and recommend to all.
Courtney Stirrat
Dec 18, 2007 Courtney Stirrat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law
While certainly not a scholarly analysis of the various aspects and treatments of a constitutional and common law right to privacy, it is a great read for a broad perspective. I read it prior to law school and was both entertained and fascinated.
James Cooper
Aug 14, 2013 James Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, informative, summer reading. Who would have thought a book on law would have read this quickly? Don't know that much about Ellen Alderman but love, love Caroline Kennedy! Will look forward to obtaining and reading their 1st book!!
B. Hallward
Mar 25, 2008 B. Hallward rated it really liked it
Shelves: law, all, ethics
A very good survey of the development of a constitutional right to privacy, covering strip searches, reproductive freedom and right-to-die issues by looking at important cases. A great strength of this book is that it isn't polemical, but a fair-minded look at a controversial subject.
Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it liked it

A history of the court cases which have shaped our right to privacy. A good and sometimes scary read.

Nov 10, 2007 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A great, easily accessible primer on one of the most contested rights in America today.
Apr 11, 2007 Andie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's fascinating to see what you can and can't keep private in this country!
I've started reading this book twice. If I don't make it through it this time, I'm giving up.
May 19, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
loved it!
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Marti Garlett
Sep 07, 2012 Marti Garlett rated it really liked it
Quite a shocking, if not horrifying, treatise on how in a democracy like ours the police state still rules.
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Jun 21, 2016 Philip rated it liked it
This text would have been excellent in a pre-Patriot Act world. It still provides excellent examples for classroom discussion, though.
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