Commissioner TODD NEVILLE (R-Proctorville) last night showed his oddity when he objected to disclosure of corporate financial strength before the City of St. Augustine approves Planned Unit Developments, a/k/a "a sneaky way to get around zoning," as Planning and Zoning Board member Cathy Brown puts it.
Do corporations have privacy rights? They have proprietary data and intellectual property, which is legally protected. But privacy?
As Kent Greenfield wrote in The Atlantic Monthly in 2015:
- Do corporations warrant privacy rights? Corporations should be able to expect that government agents will not seize their property or search their premises without good reason. But the privacy interests of humans are likely to be stronger than those of corporations, and the Court has understood that in the past. In 2011, the Court unanimously rejected AT& T’s claim that its finances be excluded from Freedom of Information Act requests under that statute’s exception for “personal privacy.” Roberts wrote that such right “does not extend to corporations. We trust that AT&T will not take it personally.”
Privacy is a fundamental right of living, breathing natural persons.
To speak of corporations as having "privacy rights" presupposes a right-wing weird Weltanschauung, which is why TODD NEVILLE will always be known as ODD TODD NEVILLE.
ODD TODD is an ideological, idiosyncratic corporation-coddler, a cognitive miser who doesn't think that We, the People have the right to criticize him under the First Amendment, but reckons that corporations have privacy rights, a view unanimously rejected in 2011.