US top court rejects AT&T corporate privacy rights

WASHINGTON, March 1 Tue Mar 1, 2011 10:19am EST

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) and other corporations do not have personal privacy rights to prevent disclosure of federal government records about them, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court for the telecommunications company that corporations can assert personal privacy in claiming the records should be exempt from disclosure. (Reporting by James Vicini; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)