Privacy and Religious Exemptions

  • Mark C. Navin
Part of the AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice book series (AMIN, volume 8)


Religious exemptions policies raise issues of personal information privacy. If applicants for religious exemptions must demonstrate that the laws to which they object impose special burdens on them, then there is a good reason to require applicants to disclose the religious convictions that lead them to object. But how much personal information privacy is it reasonable for the state to violate in order to assess applications for religious exemptions? In some cases, very little personal information—perhaps amounting only to the fact of one’s denominational membership—may be necessary for representatives of the state to determine whether someone objects for a religious reason. Privacy violations seem justified in these cases of effective minimal mandated disclosure. However, in many cases no amount of mandated personal information disclosure will enable representatives of the state to determine whether an objector has a religious objection. Privacy violations are unlikely to be justified when they do not result in disclosure of the kind of information necessary to assess whether objectors have religious objections.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA

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