Policy Documents

U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief: Sorrell v. IMS Health

TechFreedom –
January 7, 2011

TechFreedom's Amicus Brief field with the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2011, regarding Sorrell v. IMS Health, asserts that,  

TechFreedom is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Our work on a wide range of information technology policy issues rests on a belief that technology enhances freedom and freedom enhances technology.

Although TechFreedom launched earlier this year, our staff has long been involved in debates over both free speech and privacy. We believe the freedom to collect, process, disseminate, and use data is essential, not just for the marketplace for goods and services and for innovation in that marketplace, but also for the noncommercial “marketplace” of ideas, research, philanthropic causes, and politics. Thus, we believe restrictions on the flow of information, whether to protect privacy or achieve some other state interest, must be reconciled with the speech interests burdened by regulation. TechFreedom President Berin Szoka previously directed the Center for Internet Freedom at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, which joined an amicus brief asking the Second Circuit to strike down Vermont’s law as an unconstitutional restriction on noncommercial, as well as commercial, speech. The parties to this action have issued and filed blanket consents to all amici briefs in this Court.