CHAPTER 8

Legal Issues: Data privacy, Security, and Intellectual Property

The Right to Privacy?

In the United States, we have no expressly stated right to privacy. Scour the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights and you will see privacy is not expressly mentioned. Some case law has established right to privacy, most notably Roe v. Wade (1973), but so far a provision for true data privacy has not been mentioned. The reason for this lack of attention is based in the historical foundations of the United States itself.

Calvin Coolidge said “the business of America is business.” To prosper, business needs data. So although freedom of religion and separation of church and state were an important founding principles in the United States, also ...

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