The right of the public to know and the right of the individual to be let alone are inherently in conflict. The origins of these rights are quite different: the former derived from the First Amendment's protection of a free press, the latter in a law journal article published in the late nineteenth century. So, too, has the development of these ideas followed different paths: the former as Constitutional law, the latter as tort law. This article examines the relationship between privacy law and the press. A century ago two lawyers called for legal relief from aggressive newspaper reporters. At the present time, the development of electronic media, and struggles over group identities have given privacy concerns a new life and new urgency.
Cooper, S. (1995). Privacy and the news media. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 3, 103-117.