“I think this has fairly large implications for the ability of states to keep expanding disclosure laws,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has challenged the constitutionality of California’s rule.
He’s hopeful that the 9th Circuit may now reconsider his organization’s case.
“The big holding here is you’ve got to show a real legislative reason for wanting this,” Smith said. “It really does go to this idea of, how much does privacy matter? Is it enough that government wants the information and might have some need for it for some indeterminate reason in the future?”