Two major publishers of health care data filed a petition Friday at the Supreme Court, raising cutting-edge questions about whether increasingly widespread data mining that is used for commercial purposes is protected by the First Amendment. The petition is an appeal of a controversial ruling last November by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the amicus groups planning to file a brief in the coming weeks says the law could threaten all forms of data collection and publishing.
Data Mining Case Heads to the Supreme Court
March 30, 2009