Brandeis, The 'Founder' of Privacy Laws
by JulianLa on April 22, 2013 - 10:14am
The person I chose to talk about has done a lot of change crime and law related during his days. He is particularly known for his acts against privacy. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856 in Louisville, Kentucky. He became well known as a lawyer, reformer and associate justice. Soon after graduation he had attended Harvard Law School and opened a practice with one of his classmates. He always acted according to what the client needed. However, once he had become a sought out lawyer, his interest changed from practice of law to reform.
Few people spoke of privacy rights during Brandeis' time. It had started when Brandeis and his schoolmate at Harvard had published "The Right to Privacy". In it, they argued that privacy should exist . Brandeis later became a Supreme Court justice and wrote dissenting opinions that placed privacy as a first concern, which later became famous.
This article that was posted on The New York Times on March 20th, 2013 by Matthew L. Wald, can be linked to Brandeis. He had helped start new privacy laws when they practically did not exist. Now, as we can see, drones are increasingly being used. However, every law concerning privacy had not taken into account these flying machines. They could be used for the wrong reason, which is why new laws need to be created to keep these under control.Another article from The New York Times posted on the February 22, 2013 by Margalit Fox, shows another example of a man who tried to help privacy all the way to his death. Like Brandeis, Westin was known to have aided privacy quite a fair bit. Brandeis was even mentioned in the article and showed that Westin centered in a different area than Brandeis. Westins concept became the cornerstone of today's right to privacy.
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