Supreme Court Hears Arguments Regarding Privacy Laws and HIV
November 30, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether the federal government is liable for damages when it violates the Privacy Act by disclosing that an individual is HIV-positive. The government does not dispute that it broke the law, but it asserts that the Privacy Act authorizes damage suits only for violations that cause economic harm, not for emotional harm (NPR, Totenberg, 11/30).
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