We believe that privacy is a right. Our firm seeks to address invasions of privacy and protect your rights when a person has been damaged by an invasion into their privacy affairs. Invasions of privacy can be based on statutory law or common law. There are four recognized common law invasions of privacy in New Jersey and many jurisdictions. They include:
- Intrusion upon seclusion. Involves the intrusion into a plaintiff’s private matters without consent.
- Public disclosure of private facts. Involves the public disclosure of facts that a plaintiff would have a reasonable expectation would remain private.
- False light. Involves the publication of false or misleading statement that provides the public a false impression of a plaintiff.
- Appropriation of Name or Likeness. Involves the using of a person’s name or likeness without permission and for commercial gain.
In addition to claims under common law, there are Federal and State statutes that protect privacy rights. Such statutes include the Stored Communications Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the New Jersey Computer Related Offenses Act. These statutes, and others, protect individuals’ privacy interests in their personal email accounts, electronic communications and other computer accounts and devices.
If you believe your privacy has been invaded, contact our office to see if we can help you.