invasion of privacy
invasion of privacy: the tort of unjustifiably intruding upon another's right to privacy by appropriating his or her name or likeness, by unreasonably interfering with his or her seclusion, by publicizing information about his or her private affairs that a reasonable person would find objectionable and in which there is no legitimate public interest, or by publicizing information that unreasonably places him or her in a false light see also privacy compare right of privacy, zone of privacy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

invasion of privacy
n.
The wrongful and unwarranted intrusion into or publicizing of someone’s private affairs by another person or the government.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


invasion of privacy
A legal claim that another person or business has illegally used someone's likeness or unjustifiably intruded into that person's personal affairs. Examples of invasion of privacy include using someone's likeness for commercial advantage (for example, falsely claiming that a particular person has endorsed a product), public disclosure of private facts (for example, that a person has a particular disease or has had an affair), putting someone in a false light to the public (for example, publicizing false information that someone was arrested or said something inflammatory), and intrusion into someone's private affairs (for example, secretly eavesdropping on someone's phone conversations).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


invasion of privacy
n.
1 An unjustifiable intrusion into one's personal affairs and information.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

invasion of privacy
n.
   the intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause, which can give the person whose privacy has been invaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded. However, public personages are not protected in most situations, since they have placed themselves already within the public eye, and their activities (even personal and sometimes intimate) are considered newsworthy, i.e. of legitimate public interest. However, an otherwise non-public individual has a right to privacy from: a) intrusion on one's solitude or into one's private affairs; b) public disclosure of embarrassing private information; c) publicity which puts him/her in a false light to the public; d) appropriation of one's name or picture for personal or commercial advantage. Lawsuits have arisen from magazine articles on obscure geniuses, use of a wife's name on a hospital insurance form to obtain insurance payment for delivery of a mistress's baby, unauthorized use of a girl's photo to advertise a photographer, and "tabloid" journalism treatment of people as freaks. 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.
   See also: right to privacy

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • invasion of privacy — n. a wrongful intrusion into, or exposure of, one s private affairs such as to cause humiliation or mental suffering to a person of average sensibilities …   English World dictionary

  • invasion of privacy — noun the wrongful intrusion by individuals or the government into private affairs with which the public has no concern • Hypernyms: ↑tort, ↑civil wrong * * * an encroachment upon the right to be let alone or to be free from publicity. [1885 90] * …   Useful english dictionary

  • invasion of privacy — A violation of the right of privacy. See privacy …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • invasion of privacy — The unwarranted appropriation or exploitation of one s personality, publicizing one s private affairs with which public has no legitimate concern, or wrongful intrusion into one s private activities, in such a manner as to cause mental suffering …   Black's law dictionary

  • invasion of privacy — The unwarranted appropriation or exploitation of one s personality, publicizing one s private affairs with which public has no legitimate concern, or wrongful intrusion into one s private activities, in such a manner as to cause mental suffering …   Black's law dictionary

  • invasion of privacy — intrusion into one s private place, blow to privacy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • invasion of privacy — an encroachment upon the right to be let alone or to be free from publicity. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • invasion of privacy — an occasion when someone finds out or uses information about your private life, especially illegally …   English dictionary

  • Invasion of privacy (disambiguation) — The term invasion of privacy may refer to: *Invasion of privacy the US legal concept. *Invasion of Privacy (song) a single by Gary Wilson. *Privacy invasive software computer software that invades privacy …   Wikipedia

  • Invasion of Privacy (song) — Infobox Single | Name = Invasion of Privacy 7 Type = 7 Single Artist = Gary Wilson Released = 1980 Recorded = 1980? Genre = Experimental rock Length = ? Catalogue No. = ? Label = MCP Records Producer = Gary Wilson Reviews = | Last single =… …   Wikipedia

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