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EMPLOYERS HAVE MUCH GREATER ABILITY TO VIOLATE PRIVACY THAN THE GOVERNMENT
Charles Sykes, Senior Fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Institute, THE END OF PRIVACY, 1999, EE2001 -JGM, p. 147
But in the area of workplace law, the equation is turned on its head. in most contexts, private employers have far more power than the government to violate the privacy of their workers. Put another way, an individual is protected more effectively from the government than from his employer because the protection against warrantless searches does not extend to the private sector, The result is that the same action that would be deemed an unconstitutional violation of your rights when done by the government, is perfectly permissible if done by your boss-including wiretapping reading your private e-mails, and drug testing.
A PRIVATE SPHERE, FREE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL, IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THE US
Anita L. Allen, Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, "COERCING PRIVACY," William & Mary Law Review, March, 1999, 40 Wm and Mary L. Rev. 723, EE2001-JGM, P.
The impossible ideal of a private sphere free of government and other outside interference has currency despite the reality that, in the United States and other Western democracies, virtually every aspect of nominally private life is a focus of direct or indirect government regulation. Marriage is considered a private relationship, yet governments require licenses and medical tests, n19 impose age limits, n20 and prohibit polygamous, n21 incestuous, n22 and same-sex marriages. n23 Procreation and childrearing are considered private, but government child abuse and neglect laws n24 regulate how parents must exercise their responsibilities. The liberal ideal of a private sphere can be no more than an ideal of ordinary people, living under conditions of democratic self- government, empowered to make choices about their own lives that are relatively free of the most direct forms of governmental interference and constraint.
FEDERAL GOVERNMNENT WILL RESPECT PRIVACY RIGHTS IN CREATION OF SECURITY DATA NETWORK
The Boston Globe, July 29, 1999, SECTION: ECONOMY; Pg. D2 TITLE: Plan to protect US computers draws concerns about privacy // acs-EE2001
The proposal was described within the report as "Version 1.0," and it pledged that no proposal would "infringe on civil liberties, privacy rights, or proprietary information." "We are very concerned about protecting privacy rights," Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, said yesterday at the White House.