Is there a Right to Privacy in the Constitution?

If yes where???

If no then why do they say there is??

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  • 9 years ago
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    There is no specific guarantee of privacy in the Constitution; however, we have Amendment 1 (Privacy of beliefs), Amendment 3 (Privacy of Home), Amendment 4 (Privacy of person and possessions), Amendment 5 (against self-incrimination protects privacy of personal information). More controversial is Amendment 9 (the unenumerated rights granted to the people as a general privacy shield) and the liberty clause of the 14th amendment which prohibits government from depriving citizens of life liberty or property without due process of law. The judicial power of the United States is vested in a Supreme court (article III, section 1) and that IS in the Constitution. That means, for this question, refer to relevant decisions by the Supreme Court. Pay no attention to anyone else because theirs is the only opinion that counts.

    Look up these:


    Meyer v Nebraska (1923)

    Griswold v Connecticut (1965)

    Stanley v Georgia (1969)

    Ravin v State (1975)

    Kelley v Johnson (1976)

    Cruzan v. Missouri Dep't. of Health (1990)

    Lawrence v Texas (2003)

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  • You have a right to unreasonable search and seizure thanks to The 4th amendment. I've heard people claim that "Privacy" is included in the concept of Unreasonable Search.

    To tell you if something is legal it would depend on the specific activity...

    Without a warrant, it is illegal to tap your phone.

    You can't have your conversations recorded, be they on the phone or in person, without consent in MOST but not ALL areas.

    Your right to privacy on the internet depends upon what you agreed to when you hit "Accept" when you signed the contract for your ISP.

    Anything you do on a Privately Owned Website, such as Yahoo! Answers or Facebook or Twitter is, basically, the property of the owners of the site. To know just what is and what isn't, you would have to go through the Privacy Policy and Corporate Policy of the sites you use.

    Look at the bottom of this screen, Yahoo! Spells Out EXACTLY what they do with anythign you do on their website.

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    By using this site, regardless of if you've read ALL OF THAT or not, you agree to the terms... I don't know anyone that has actually read the Details of the software or sites they use... I've installed software in languages I don't speak but I know where "I Accept" is so I've been able to install it even though I don't know what I "Agreed" to.

    Then you have FaceBook. You set who sees what, but most people don't know that or what FaceBook says it can do with the info you so willingly provide.

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  • The right of people to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches and seizures. The 4th amendment.

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  • 9 years ago

    The "Right to Privacy" is extrapolated from the right to be secure in your person and property, the right to be secure from unwarranted searches and seizures.

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  • Yes it's Implied

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  • Jay
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    So says the Supreme Court, despite the fact that the word "privacy" does not appear.

    However, there very narrow places that it applies.

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  • No, and if there were Obamacare would violate it.

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