Reversing a trend to give corporations all the rights of humans, the US Supreme Court decided AT&T isn’t eligible for “personal privacy” when it comes to the release of embarrassing information submitted to the government. Meanwhile, Bolivia’s new law could give ecosystems the right to sue polluters.

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Bolivia’s Law of Mother Earth is set to pass, and on Wednesday the United Nations will discuss a proposed treaty based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Both mandate legal recognition of ecosystems’ right to exist.

Wired speculates that this could help deter ecological disasters.

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Hundreds of lawsuits have flowed from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, filed by citizens, states and the federal government. And someday, perhaps, the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystems will also file suit.

While it’s surprising to hear this Supreme Court rule against corporations, maybe it’s just part of a conclusion by society in general that “privacy is so twentieth century.”

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“The Supreme Court unanimously decided (PDF) Monday that AT&T can’t keep embarrassing corporate information that it submits to the government out of public view; “personal privacy” rights do not apply to corporations. “We trust that AT&T will not take it personally” concluded the ruling.”

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