Waiving Our Rights

Waiving Our Rights

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The United States is not a police state, but Congress is subject to special interests lobbying in pursuit of abusive commercial practices that leave a lot to be desired for transparency and accountability. It is illegal to data-mine personal files held by government agencies, schools and universities, or medical facilities. It is illegal to collect and publish defamatory gossip and hearsay about private citizens. But it is legal to oblige Americans to a€œwaivea€ their rights to privacy and their right to sue for invasion of privacy for defamation by anonymous third-parties in order to receive essential services or apply for employment. Americans are obliged to a€œwaivea€ their rights in essentially all applications for employment, credit, housing, public utilities, telephone or mobile phone service, internet access, and even cable TV connection. The law requires a€œnotice and consenta€ whenever such waivers are included in employment applications, but consumer reporting agencies have learned to use deceptive methods to avoid drawing the attention of applicants to the meaning and consequence of such language. Recent law dispenses with a€œnotice and consenta€ for private-eye quasi-criminal investigations of a€œsuspected misconducta€ by an employee altogether. In effect, this bypasses qprobable cause, q qinnocent until proven guilty, q the qright to know the nature of an accusation, q the qright to confront witnesses, q the qrule against double jeopardy, q and the qright to sue for defamation, and/or interference with employment.q Orlan Lee questions the validity of any such qwaivers, q and seeks to alert Americans to the need to protect their fundamental rights.name, address, telephone number, and social security number, for a department store or credit card company that ... Nextel may, at any time in its sole discretion, place restrictions on Customera#39;s use of Service, including but not limited to, anbsp;...

Title:Waiving Our Rights
Author: Orlan Lee
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2012-03-22

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