We live in a digital, interconnected world where privacy increasingly feels like a relic of a bygone era. However, privacy laws exist for a reason, and even though social media platforms may have changed the way we see share our information, the law still requires other people to respect your personal boundaries. When your privacy is invaded and personal information about you is disclosed, you do not have to suffer in silence. You have legal options which allow you to seek the justice you deserve.
What Are Some Examples of Invasion of Privacy?
Examples of invasion of privacy are all around us. We’ve all heard the story of someone whose former boyfriend or girlfriend shared risqué photos of them without their consent. Social media platforms are regularly used as a launchpad for personal attacks. Many of us have likely even been on the receiving end of extremely harmful or brutal “gossip” about someone’s highly personal information. All of these are examples of invasion of privacy, and all of them are egregious violations of individuals’ right to have their private affairs be kept private.
How Do You Prove an Invasion of Privacy Occurred?
Generally, only living people can sue for an invasion of privacy, which requires proving that a public disclosure of a private fact has occurred. Proving this requires establishing five elements: 1) a public disclosure; 2) concerning private facts; 3) which would offend the average person; 4) and was not of legitimate public concern; 5) and the defendant published this information with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity.
Making a public disclosure involves making the information known to either the public at large or a large group of people. A private fact is a detail of your life that is not generally known by others, such as your finances, sexual activities, or your health. Disclosure is considered to offend the average person when it shocks commonly held standards of decency. Disclosure that is not of legitimate public concern is disclosure that has little social value and yet deeply violated a person’s privacy. Finally, showing reckless falsity requires showing that the defendant knew how offensive it would be to reveal the private facts but did so anyways.
Why Seek Damages?
The injuries caused by physical harm can heal, but the emotional and psychic damages caused by an invasion of privacy are often long-lasting. These kinds of incidents can be highly embarrassing, cause an affecting party shame, or even irreparably damage their reputation in their community. They can also have an economic impact if the invasion of privacy was targeted towards the individual’s business. The injuries caused by invasion of privacy are real, and while compensation cannot turn back time and allow you to prevent it from happening, it is the justice you deserve and can help you move forward with rebuilding your life.
What Should You Do if Your Privacy Has Been Invaded?
The consequences of defamation can be just as severe as a physical personal injury. If your reputation has been harmed and you have suffered as a result, you deserve justice for the pain and embarrassment this has caused you. The attorneys at J&Y Law are ready to help you determine your options. Contact J&Y Law today to learn more.