Social Security Administration

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, a case that raises the question of whether a plaintiff who alleges only mental and emotional distress can establish “actual damages” within the meaning of the federal Privacy Act’s civil remedies provision.  The question is crucial to determining the scope of relief afforded under one of the principal legal restraints on the federal government’s use and disclosure of the “records” it maintains about individuals.

Continue Reading Supreme Court Considers Key Question Under the Privacy Act