Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/22/16: The Right to Privacy

While the Constitution contains no explicit reference to privacy, the Supreme Court has held it is found within the “penumbra” of the Bill of Rights as an implied right. Specifically, the Court had pointed to the 1st  Amendment (privacy of beliefs), 3rd Amendment (privacy of households from demands of quartering troops), 4th Amendment (privacy of persons and possessions from unreasonable searches and seizures), 5th Amendment (protection of personal information through the right against self-incrimination), 9th Amendment (protecting other rights than those specifically enumerated), and 14th Amendment (liberty clause).

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