In interpreting a provision of the Freedom of Information Act, the Supreme Court held that corporations are not entitled to personal privacy rights that protect the release of sensitive information. See FCC v. AT&T, No. 09-1279 (March 1, 2011). As a result, AT&T could not prevent release of documents compiled during an FCC investigation into whether the company overcharged for the use of the Internet. The Supreme Court ruling overturned a 3rd Circuit opinion which supported AT&T’s position that corporations were covered by Exemption 7 of the Freedom of Information Act, which prevented disclosure of information that would cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. AT&T’s argument focused on the definition of the term person, which the 3rd Circuit said was often defined in the law to include partnerships, associations, and corporation. Writing for the Court, Justice Roberts disagreed and noted that the word personal was not often used to refer to corporations and frequently used to mean exactly the opposite of a corporation. With this ruling, corporations can’t claim protection under FOIA exemptions related to personal privacy.