Personal security and personal information often falls victim to new, insecure technology. It is more common now than ever before to find that your bank account has been compromised, your personal computer information has been accessed, your private information on your cell phone has been shared, or someone is simply placing your private information on public display. The law provides several avenues of protection for individuals that have had their privacy violated.
Typical Law Governing Individual Privacy
Several causes of action exist to compensate you for injuries you’ve sustained due to someone invading your privacy.
Intrusion Upon Seclusion. To succeed in a lawsuit for intrusion upon seclusion, you must show that the defendant (the person you’re suing) intentionally and substantially intruded upon your solitude and seclusion, and that the intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person. “intrud[ing] upon your solitude and seclusion” can be achieved by invading your home or other living quarters, eavesdropping on your private conversations by means of wiretapping, peering in your windows, and even persistent, unwanted telephone calls.
Appropriation of Name or Likeness. In this type of privacy lawsuit, you must show that the defendant took and used your name or likeness for the use or benefit of another. You must also show that your name has some intrinsic value to it.
Publicity Given to Private Facts. Here, you must show that the defendant publicly disclosed private facts that are of such a nature that a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities would be highly offended at their disclosure.
False Light. In a lawsuit based on false light, you must show that the defendant cast you in a false light before the public, the false light in which you were placed would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and the defendant did all this without regard to the falsity of the publicized matter.
Defamation. Defamation is a similar cause of action as the others listed above. Click here to learn more about defamation.
If you’re contemplating filing a lawsuit to recover for the damages you’ve incurred as a result of someone invading your privacy, click here to get a better understanding of what a personal injury case looks like from start to finish.
Call Red Law For A Consultation
Our office welcomes new clients and will always provide you with a friendly and professional attorney that will be happy to discuss your case with you. If you’d like to discuss your privacy violations and a potential lawsuit with a Red Law attorney, please call us at 801-4770-RED or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In a consultation with a Red Law attorney, your attorney will provide you with a professional opinion of your case, how Red Law can help you, and a rough time frame for your potential lawsuit.