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Federal Court Rules Invasion of Privacy

Employer viewing employee's Facebook page without permission is sued by employee.

Last Reviewed: April 1, 2021
Key point 4-04. Many states recognize "invasion of privacy" as a basis for liability. Invasion of privacy may consist of any one or more of the following: (1) public disclosure of private facts; (2) use of another person's name or likeness; (3) placing someone in a "false light" in the public eye; or (4) intruding upon another's seclusion.

A federal court in New Jersey ruled that an employer may have invaded the privacy of an employee by accessing her Facebook account without permission.

A registered nurse and paramedic (the "plaintiff") worked for an emergency response company. She alleged that her employer retaliated against her as a result of her union activities. She maintained an account on Facebook, a social networking website. If someone was not invited to be her Facebook "friend," he or she could not access and view postings on her Facebook ...

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  • August 21, 2013
  • Last Reviewed: April 1, 2021

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