Rights to Privacy

Archive Report

Post-Watergate Concern Over Privacy

New Awareness of Privacy Issue After Scandals

The right to privacy is an issue that has grown in the “post-Watergate” period. Fears of government and private data-gathering activities and official and unofficial snooping into the lives of private citizens have been heightened by the Watergate revelations in the last two years. While Watergate-related invasions of privacy—wiretapping and bugging of opponents, the use of government files to discredit “enemies,” misuse of intelligence agencies, and breaking and entering—have received most of the attention, other aspects of the problem are also being looked at more carefully today.1 Scores of books and articles on the subject are being published, private and official commissions are studying ways of protecting individual privacy and Congress is considering more than ...

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