Invasion of Privacy is the intrusion into the personal life of another without just cause. It can give the person whose privacy has been invaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded. Public Figures are not protected in most situations, as they have already placed themselves within the public eye. Their activities are considered newsworthy or already have legitimate public interest. If you are still unclear in understanding Invasion of Privacy here are a few more things to help you understand. A non-public individual has a right to privacy from the following:
- Intrusion into one’s solitude or one’s private affairs;
- Public disclosure of embarrassing private information;
- Publicity which puts one in a false light to the public;
- Appropriation of one’s name or picture for personal or commercial advantage.
There are also numerous instances of governmental invasion of privacy such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation compiling files on people considered as political opponents, partially corrected by the passage of the Freedom of Information Act in 1966. The right to privacy originated with an article in the Harvard Law Review in the 1890s written by lawyers “Bull” Warren and future Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis.
If you feel like you are a victim of Invasion of Privacy, then give us a call. At Foos Gavin Law Firm we want to educate you on your rights. Call us at 916-779-3500 to set up your free consultation.