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Is It Against the Law to Invade Someone Else’s Privacy?

 

An invasion of someone’s privacy is not as cut-and-dry as it may sound. If you were to ask 10 people their definition of privacy, you are bound to get 10 different answers. The continuing advances in technology are making it more and more difficult for law enforcement to manage invasion of privacy laws. Legal authorities like to keep things as simple as possible. But with technology making it easier to get information people don’t want released to the public, it appears that law enforcement is going to have to start creating laws that are specific to certain situations.

What Is An Invasion Of Privacy?

An invasion of privacy occurs when a person feels they have a reasonable expectation to have information remain private, but that information gets released into the public anyways. Within your own home, you are considered to have full protection of your privacy under the law. But there are instances where you open up the door for an invasion of privacy with the actions you take.

Putting Information Online

If you post information online on a public forum, even if that information was supposed to only go to one person, then you have made that information public. For example, if you post pictures of yourself at a party on the Internet to a specific person on a public forum, those pictures could wind up being posted by someone else against your wishes. But since you put the pictures out there to be published, this is not an invasion of privacy.

Losing Track Of Important Information

If you left an envelope with private pictures and correspondence in it on a park bench, then you have given up your privacy in regards to those documents. It pays to be careful with your personal information because when you allow access to that information, even when you did not mean to allow access to it, you are giving up your privacy.

What Is It An Invasion Of Privacy?

When someone steals or gathers information without your consent, then that is an invasion of your privacy. For example, if someone came into your home and stole incriminating pictures of you off of your nightstand, then that is an invasion of your privacy.

What Can Be Done About It?

There are certain types of laws regarding invasion of privacy on the books in most states. If you feel that your privacy has been invaded and wish to press charges, then you will have to speak to an attorney about the potential criminal ramifications of your case. In most states, so long as you can prove your privacy was invaded, you can sue in civil court to receive monetary compensation.

The lack of laws regarding invasion of privacy should not be a deterrent to someone who feels they have a case. Winning a civil case and forcing someone to pay money out of their pockets for their illegal activity can often be a better deterrent to future invasions than having criminal charges filed. As time goes by, states are trying to catch up to technology and offer more options for criminal charges when you feel that your privacy has been invaded.

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