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Invading Privacy Is Crime? Invading Privacy Is Crime?

Bronze medal Reporter Names Posted 12 Mar 2020
Invading Privacy Is Crime?

Have you ever felt your privacy being invaded by someone? There are times when the privacy of an individual is intruded by another. When our privacy is being intruded, we obviously feel that it is violated. Most of us prefer to have our private life to be private.

When the individual private life is invaded without the permission of the individual, then it not a justifiable action. In a broad manner, invading privacy is a tort having four kinds of intrusion into privacy which are intrusion upon seclusion, misappropriation of name and likeness, disclosing private facts in public and false light.

When Do You Think Your Privacy Is Invaded?

As a person, you tend to have certain expectations about privacy and when that is intruded either by eavesdropping or peeping or in any other manner comes under invasion of privacy. It is when you prefer your matters to be private and not to be in the focus of any person without your consent.

There are instances when you can take legal action like if anyone intercepts your calls without permission, eavesdropping confidential talks, unauthorized flickering through records, taking unauthorized snaps or video of a person in their private arena, causing damage to a person by revealing in public, personal information about that person and making news of the personal life of a person without consent.

But then there are times when your privacy is not invaded like when you speak on phone in a public place or going through any document or paper left by any person in a public place or when someone takes photos in public area.

Privacy Intrusion As A Crime

As said before, privacy invasion constitutes a tort  with four distinct causes of action :

  • When there is intrusion while you are in solitude, then there are laws to protect your rights to privacy like gadgets being used for peeping into your private area or your personal conversation. To an individual with a reasonable mind, this intrusion will evidently be objectionable. Here, the person affected who is the plaintiff has to prove the required elements while the person who has committed the act of intrusion is already liable.
  • When your name or its likeness are being used without consent, then there are laws that help you to have your right to control the use of your identity by other persons for purposes that can be of business type or any other.
  • Regarding laws that protect a person from information that is damaging to one’s own self, be it a photo or a video or any other sorts.
  • When private facts are disclosed or revealed in public, then there are laws that give you the right to keep your information private instead of getting revealed in public.

Online Intrusion Of Privacy

Many of us know about cyber threats that occur in this digitalization where personal details are taken for a benefit or to exploit it. As the intruders tend to use more complex and sophisticated methods to invade privacy, equally complex should be our safeguards.

Many try to keep their privacy from being intruded by deleting cookies or protecting their IP address or using encryption. But whatever you do, your information may not be  hundred percent safeguarded. There is still risk of your personal information is out there in the cyberworld. Most of the time we do digital payments where our personal details are used and as we input more information, risk increases.


So we can conclude that invasion of privacy does have a tortious nature.

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