Buck Doe v. Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor

Brief For The Respondent


Supreme Court Requires Actual Harm for Privacy Act Damages.

The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision in Doe v. Chao that an individual must prove he has suffered actual harm before he can receive a $1,000 minimum statutory award when the government wrongfully discloses his Social Security Number. EPIC, along with a coalition of civil liberties organizations and technical and legal experts, filed a friend of the court brief in the case, arguing that the Privacy Act provides damages for those who suffer "adverse effects," though no actual harm. (Feb. 24, 2004)

This is the Respondent's Brief on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, U.S. Supreme Court | United States

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