Common Law Rights of Privacy
There are privacy statutes, constitutional rights and common law rights that govern privacy. Not all states recognize privacy common laws, though. Those that do will recognize the following:
- Intrusion on seclusion (having someone interrupt your physical privacy);
- False light (true facts combined in such a way to lead other to a false conclusion);
- Public disclosure of private facts (informational privacy); and
- Right of publicity (or identity) that covers impersonation and commercial use of your name or image without authorization.
They were always recognized as the core privacy rights because of the likelihood of harm caused by their violation. They are a good place to start when considering sensitive data classifications and its treatment. To learn more about sensitive data and information read Parry Aftab's articles on sensitive data.