In exploring a series of problems associated with privacy and the First Amendment, Bloustein defines individual and group
privacy, distinguishing them from each other and related concepts. He also identifies the public interest in individual privacy
as individual integrity or liberty, and that of group privacy as the integrity of social structure. The legal protection afforded
each of these forms of privacy is illustrated at length, as is the clash between them and the constitutional guarantees of
the First Amendment and the citizen's general right to know. In his final essay, Bloustein insists that the concept of group
privacy is essential to a properly functioning social structure, and warns that it would be disastrous if this principle were
neglected as part of an overreaction to the misuse of group confidences that characterized the Nixon era.