Balancing Statutory Privacy and the Public Interest: A Review of State Wiretap Laws as Applied to the Press

Law Technology, Vol. 44, p. 1, 2011

Posted: 30 Mar 2012

See all articles by Jasmine E. McNealy

Jasmine E. McNealy

University of Florida - College of Journalism & Communication

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

This article reviews important factors in United States’ court rulings on state wiretap laws as applied to the press. Specifically, this article examines the application of state wiretap laws to the press in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bartnicki v. Vopper in which the Court found that the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech outweighed the privacy interests of those whose private conversation was intercepted without permission.

Keywords: Privacy, wiretap, newsgathering, technology, press, media

Suggested Citation

McNealy, Jasmine E., Balancing Statutory Privacy and the Public Interest: A Review of State Wiretap Laws as Applied to the Press (March 1, 2011). Law Technology, Vol. 44, p. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2031006

Jasmine E. McNealy (Contact Author)

University of Florida - College of Journalism & Communication ( email )

3062 Weimer Hall
PO Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
United States

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