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Iowa Privacy: What you need to know

Iowa 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 (Stessman v. American Black Hawk Broadcasting Co.,416 N.W.2d 685 (Iowa 1987)).
There is more information available on these common law rights of privacy.
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Iowa law prohibits willfully intercepting, trying to intercept, or having another person intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication. The law also prohibits the disclosure or use of the contents of the communication. The law allows interception under certain circumstances, including interception in the ordinary course of business and interception when one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent. This provision applies to telephone and e-mail communications. Violation of the law is a Class D felony (IA Stat. Sec. 808B.1 et seq.).
Identity theft occurs if a person fraudulently uses or attempts to fraudulently use identification information of another person, with the intent to obtain credit, property, services, or any other benefit. If the value of the credit, property, or services exceeds $1,000, the person has committed a class "D" felony. If the value of the credit, property, or services does not exceed $1,000, the person has committed an aggravated misdemeanor.
"Identification information" includes, but is not limited to, a person's name, address, date of birth, telephone number, driver's license number, nonoperator's identification card number, Social ...

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