Today Americans view privacy as a fundamental civil liberty, a right that puts a boundary on what the government can do. Our â€˜right to privacyâ€™ has become part of the essential contract Americans make with their government, a system that protects individuals from the governmentâ€™s ability to intrude into the private sphere.
But it wasnâ€™t so long ago that the very idea of a right to privacy, even of a right to oneâ€™s own thoughts, wasnâ€™t such a foregone conclusion.
This week on the podcast, we take you through a history of the right to privacy, where we got our ideas about privacy - specifically personal privacy - and then how that right to privacy has been applied in famous Supreme Court Cases like Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade.
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