On June 1, 2020, the Knight Institute filed an amicus brief in ACA Connects v. Frey, a First Amendment challenge brought by internet service providers to a Maine law requiring the providers to obtain customer consent before using, selling, or disclosing their customers’ personal information.
The Knight Institute’s brief argues that Maine’s law does not violate the First Amendment. Specifically, the brief argues that the law is not subject to heightened First Amendment scrutiny and that the court should uphold it as a reasonable effort to safeguard personal privacy.
Status: On July 7, 2020, the district court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for judgment on the pleadings, including on their First Amendment claim, and granted the defendant’s partial cross-motion.
Case Information: ACA Connects v. Frey, No. 1:20-cv-00055-LEW (D. Me.).