Stanmore Cooper admits he shouldn’t have concealed his HIV status when filling out a medical form for pilots, but he was horrified when that information was freely shared among several federal agencies.

A sympathetic-sounding 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed ready Wednesday to let the San Francisco man proceed with a case that accuses the Federal Aviation Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies of violating the 36-year-old Privacy Act.. With some exceptions, that act forbids federal agencies from disclosing information gathered about individuals for one reason to other agencies to be used for an unrelated purpose.

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