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Privacy in the United States has never been an explicit general right for every citizen.I Federal grants of privacy protection exist for specific instances or areas, but generally have been left to the province of the States.2 Some states, but not all, have general privacy laws granting citizens privacy rights beyond the scope of con- tent-specific legislation.3 Thus, the privacy law regime in the United States is best characterized as a patchwork: rights or protections exist in numerous areas without much to connect those areas together as an interlocking protective framework for national citizenry.

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