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Alaska Privacy: What you need to know

Alaska's state constitution guarantees the right of privacy to state citizens (AK Const. Art. I, Sec. 22). This provision applies to public (i.e., governmental) entities; the constitutional right to privacy does not extend to the actions of private persons (Luedtke v. Nabors Alaska Drilling, 768 P.2d 1123 (AK 1989)). However, state courts have recognized a cause of action for invasion of privacy when a person intentionally intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the solitude or seclusion of another or his or her private affairs or concerns. The intrusion must be highly offensive to a reasonable person.
Additionally, in the employment setting, the Alaska Supreme Court has held that there is a public policy supporting the protection of employee privacy. Violation of that policy by an employer may rise to the level of a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the employment relationship. For example, employees have the right to withhold certain private information from their employers, such as their age, marital status, or other protected characteristics.
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Employers may not “use an eavesdropping device to hear or record all or any part of an oral conversation without the consent of a party to the conversation” (AK Stat. Sec. 42.20.310).
The Alaska Legislature has enacted a comprehensive Personal Information Protection Act. The following is a discussion of the Act's main provisions.
Covered persons who own or license personal information about state residents must notify affected persons if their personal information has been subject to a breach. Notification must take place as soon as possible, except in cases when ...

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