Invasion of privacy

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The definition of invasion of privacy, as found in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constituion, is discussed by

"Governmental power to protect the privacy interests of its citizens by penalizing publication or authorizing causes of action for publication implicates directly First Amendment rights. Privacy is a concept composed of several aspects. As a tort concept, it embraces at least four branches of protected interests," that is
  • Protection from "unreasonable intrusion upon one's seclusion"
  • Protection from "appropriation of one's name or likeness"
  • Protection from "publicity given to one's private life," and
  • Protection from "publicity which unreasonably places one in a false light before the public."

The first amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." [1]