Free Speech – It’s Everyone’s Right… Even Corporate Entities

I think I agree with Verizon — they have the right to turn over truthful information such as customer call records to the government under the First Amendment even if the company had other promises with the customer.

“Essentially, the argument is that turning over truthful information to the government is free speech, and the EFF and ACLU can’t do anything about it. In fact, Verizon basically argues that the entire lawsuit is a giant SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suit, and that the case is an attempt to deter the company from exercising its First Amendment right to turn over customer calling information to government security services.”

For me, the real issue is did Verizon have a contract with their customers not to turn over information or did they simply “promise” to not turn over private information about their customers. A promise and a contract are two different things, I think. Most companies have a “privacy policy.” But again, isn’t a policy legally different than a contract?

Maybe some lawyer will read this question and tell me the difference between a contract, a promise and a policy. Otherwise, I will assume that any truthful information that a company or individual has about me can be, at any time, turned over to the government for whatever purpose they may have.

It will be interesting to see what the supreme court has to say about this when it gets there.

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