Privacy – the right to be left alone – is one of our most cherished rights. The right to privacy protects personal information, reproductive choices, medical decisions, and freedom from intrusion in one’s home. The notion of privacy – that there are some areas into which the government cannot enter – is deeply ingrained in this nation’s heritage. While the right to privacy is not explicitly laid out in our Constitution, the Supreme Court has recognized that constitutionally protected “zones of privacy” are inherent in the Fourteenth Amendment. Today, many courts often evaluate privacy issues by considering whether the person would have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” in the issue at stake.
ACLU-TN’s Privacy Resource Sheet outlines issues like drug testing, lie detectors, criminal records, social security numbers, school records, tape recording conversations and workplace privacy.