Privacy and the press

This bonus episode of the Cyberlaw podcast is an interview with Amy Gaida, author of “Search and hide: the intricate history of privacy“Her book is an accessible story of the often vague and sometimes” twisted “interaction between the individual’s right to privacy and the right of the public (or at least the press) to know.

Gaida, a former journalist, is turning what could have been a dry exegesis of two centuries of legal precedent into a lively series of stories of conflicts behind the case law. All the known legal titans of the press and privacy – Louis Brandeis, Samuel Warren, Oliver Wendell Holmes – are there, but Gaida’s research shows that they have not always been in the country best known for protection. You may come to think deeply about privacy and the press, but you will stay around for generous portions of sex and hypocrisy (which, it turns out, is largely the core of confidentiality and often journalism).

This interview is just a taste of what Gaida’s book offers, but lawyers who are used to summarizing arguments at the beginning of everything they read should first listen to this episode to know in advance where all the stories in the book lead them.

Download the bonus episode 412 mp3

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