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NASA v. Nelson, 09–530

In an action claiming that NASA's National Agency Check with Inquiries background check process violated a constitutional right to informational privacy, the Ninth Circuit's reversal of the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction is reversed where, assuming, without deciding, that the government’s challenged inquiries implicated a privacy interest of constitutional significance, that interest, whatever its scope, did not prevent the government from asking reasonable questions of the sort included on the forms at issue in an employment background investigation that was subject to the Privacy Act’s safeguards against public disclosure.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/19/2011
  • Published 01/19/2011


  • Samuel A. Alito Jr.


  • United States Supreme Court