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Encyclopedia > Right to privacy

The right to privacy is a purported human right and an element of various legal traditions which may restrain both government and private party action.

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Despite controversy over Douglas' opinion, the constitutional privacy right was soon cited to overturn a ban against interracial marriage, to allow individuals to possess obscene matter in their own homes, and to allow distribution of contraceptive devices to individuals, both married and single.
The right to privacy, on her view, is “derivative” in the sense that there is no need to find what is common in the cluster of privacy rights.
By characterizing privacy as a necessary context for love, friendship and trust, Fried is basing his account on a moral conception of persons and their personalities, on a Kantian notion of the person with basic rights and the need to define and pursue one's own values free from the impingement of others.
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