PRIVACY AND THE LAW by Jethro K. Lieberman

PRIVACY AND THE LAW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Can state police bust in where feds must have a warrant? Does a dead person have a right to privacy? Is it a breach of confidence for a psychiatrist to warn a potential murder victim of his patient's intent? These are a few of the questions pertaining to our privacy laws which have been settled in the precedent-setting decisions Lieberman reviews here. Cases include the Supreme Court's famous Mapp decision featured in Leonard Stevens' Trespass! (1977), the Nader-GM controversy which was settled out of court, the CIA's undiscriminating interception of mail bound for Russia, a company's use of a young girl's likeness on a flour poster, and instances of electronic intrusion. (A 1928 Supreme Court decision, later reversed in another case, maintained that wiretapping was not a violation as ""there was no entry of the house"" by the federal agents involved.) For each case Lieberman does a good job of sorting out the arguments for both sides and guiding readers easily through all the problematical ramifications. Though this lacks the rousing human interest of Trespass!, it's a clarifying and well-ordered review, of certain utility in preparing for school papers and class project

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1978
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard