Judge Mary Wiss in San Francisco, California has ruled that sharing race and corresponding bar results data for research purposes was a violation of privacy for the test takers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The information could “generate unhealthy comparisons among lawyers, law students and other professionals,” Wiss wrote in her opinion. Richard Sander, who first asked the State Bar of California for the data without names in 2006, said he and the California First Amendment Coalition were “dismayed” by the ruling and by the court’s decision and “believe that the evidence shows that the privacy of applicants could be and would be protected, and that the burden on the state bar would be minimal.” They added that "an appeal is possible," the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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