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Rhode Island Privacy: What you need to know

Rhode Island law specifically recognizes the right to privacy of its citizens. The right to privacy includes the right to be secure from:
• Unreasonable intrusion upon one's solitude or seclusion;
• The appropriation of one's name or likeness;
• Unreasonable publicity given to one's private life; and
• Publicity that places another in a false light before the public (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 9-1-28.1).
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Rhode Island law also allows an individual to sue if his or her name, portrait, or picture is used within the state for advertising or trade purposes without his or her written consent (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 9-1-28).
Rhode Island law provides protections for employees’ and applicants’ personal social media accounts (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-56-1 et seq.). More specifically, employers are prohibited from:
• Requiring, coercing, or requesting employees or applicants to disclose passwords or any other means for accessing personal social media accounts;
• Requiring, coercing, or requesting employees or applicants to access personal social media accounts in the presence of the employer or representative; or
• Requiring or coercing employees or applicants to divulge any personal social media account information, except when it is reasonably believed to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or workplace-related violation of applicable laws and regulations and when it is not otherwise prohibited by law or constitution (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-56-2). However, such information must be accessed and used only to the extent necessary for the investigation or a related proceeding .
Rhode Island law also bars employers from compelling employees or applicants to add ...

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