• An assistant professor at New York University wants to implant a camera in the back of his head for an art project, The Wall Street Journal reports. Wafaa Bilal plans to have the surgically placed camera take pictures every minute and transmit them to a museum in Qatar, a proposal that has raised privacy concerns among NYU faculty, staff, and students who do not wish all of their campus activities to be publicized. After much discussion among faculty and deans, the Journal says that Mr. Bilal has agreed to cover the camera with a black lens cap while on NYU property.
  • The nonprofit Free Press Free, in an amicus brief, has urged the US Supreme Court to reject an argument by AT&T that the company is entitled to a “personal privacy” exemption under the Freedom of Information Act. AT&T seeks to block the release of records that it provided to the FCC, claiming that disclosure of the records would violate the company’s personal privacy. AT&T won at the district court. Oral argument is scheduled for January 19, 2011. Free Press argues that a victory for AT&T would gut open records laws. FCC v. AT&T Inc., No 09-1279.