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Georgia Privacy: What you need to know

Georgia recognizes all four common law invasion of privacy claims: intrusion upon solitude or seclusion, public disclosure of private facts (e.g., unreasonable publicity given to one's private life), false-light privacy (e.g., publicity that normally places the other in a false light before the public), and appropriation of one's name or likeness (Johnson v. Allen, 613 S.E.2d 657 (Ga. App. Ct. 2005)).
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State law generally prohibits wiretapping and makes it unlawful to intentionally overhear, transmit, or record or attempt to overhear, transmit, or record the private conversation or another that originates in any private place or to intercept a message by any device, instrument, or apparatus by telephone, telegraph, letter, or other means of private communication (GA Stat. Sec. 16-11-62).
In order to protect individuals from the risk of identity theft and fraud, the state has enacted a law designed to require "information brokers" to give notice of any breach of the security of the system protecting unencrypted personal information. Notice must be given following discovery or notification of the breach in the security of the data to any resident of the state whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. The notice must be made in the most expedient time possible, consistent with the legitimate needs of law enforcement or with any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity, security, and confidentiality of the data system. The law also mandates that information brokers clearly define the standards for authorized users of their data so that a breach by an ...

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