Well, I don't see anyone "heatedly" discussing anything...but nonetheless. (And even if we were all lawyers specializing in Texas privacy law...we'd still just be a bunch of friends arguing semantics and opinions! Such is the internet.) We're talking about common and constitutional law in the U.S. (the underlying question dealt with Texas). The roots of privacy law are debatable, but many would argue that they're constitutionally-based. (Though that's a rotten kettle of fish I don't want to dive into.) Others see them as based in the common law dealing with torts. Regardless, the primary driver of privacy law is not local statutory law, but rather general common or constitutional law. Now, are there local statutes that might affect that? Of course. There always are, regardless of the topic. But I don't think we can say that it's impossible to have a discussion of a general, common law issue because local statutes might affect the outcome. Sure, without full context we're talking hypotheticals and generalities...but of course we are, it's the intertubes.