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Is the right to privacy explicitly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution?

  • The First Amendment

    Yes, the right to privacy is given to us in the constitution. The first amendment gives us basic rights that contain many areas of privacy. We are allowed to speak how we want, practice any religion, and we have other basic rights that our founding fathers believed we needed to have.

  • It is inferred

    The right to privacy is not explicitly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. It has been inferred numerous times using penumbral, or implied rights found in various Constitutional amendments. For example, in Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court found that even though the Constitution doesn't specifically mention the right to marital privacy, it can be inferred in the emanations of constitutional protection. A concurring opinion relied on the Ninth Amendment.

  • It Must Not Be

    Obviously if the right to privacy it explicitly enumerated in the United States Constitution it is not being adhered to. Given the breeches of privacy by companies in the United States and the government itself, I believe it is safe to assume that Americans actually do not have a right to privacy. That or it has been stripped from us by our government without our approval.

  • Interpreted as Part of First, Fourth Amendments

    The right to privacy isn't explicitly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. However, citizens have a right free speech and not be invaded in their own homes without proper search and seizure procedures. No one can unlawfully enter another's property without first obtaining a search warrant which is enumerated in the Fourth Amendment with rights against unlawful searches and seizures. The word privacy isn't said in the original Constitution or Bill of Rights, but it is implied in the Fourth Amendment.

  • The Supreme Court made it up.

    No, the right to privacy is not explicitly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. The right to privacy is just not listened as one of the specifically enumerated rights. The Supreme Court added it in as something that they think was interpreted as intending to be in the constitution. The Supreme Court has added a lot of things that aren't actually in there, and the right to privacy is one thing.


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