Privacy Law

Judge Allows NASA Background Checks


A federal judge has refused to halt background checks for 28 workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright of Los Angeles refused to issue an injunction after the government said information about past drug use would not be used in criminal cases against the workers, the Associated Press reports.

The workers’ suit had claimed the background checks invaded their privacy, violating their right to due process and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. They were asked about topics ranging from sexual orientation to finances.

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