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Is Privacy a Right?

As usual in a discussion of the law, the answer is: “It depends.” It depends on who you are, where you are, and what you are doing, among the many variables.

Many people have pointed out that no strict right of privacy is written into the United States Constitution, even in the Bill of Rights. However, the right to free speech and assembly (the First Amendment); the forbidding of unreasonable search and seizure (the Fourth Amendment); and the right to a fair trial with due process (the Fifth Amendment) have all been cited in court cases to protect people from being inappropriately interfered with or observed.


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