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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).
Under the Rhode Island Identity Theft Act of 2005, any person or state agency that owns, maintains, or licenses computerized data that include personal information must disclose any breach of the security of the system that poses a significant risk of identity theft to any resident of the state. The unencrypted personal information must be, or reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person or a person without authority to acquire the information. Disclosure of the breach must be made in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with the legitimate needs of law enforcement or any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system (RI Stat. Sec. 11-49.2-3).
"Person" includes any individual, partnership association, corporation, or joint venture.
"Breach of the security of the system" means unauthorized acquisition of unencrypted computerized data that compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information maintained by the state agency or ...

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