Georgia Privacy laws & HR compliance analysis

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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Social security numbers (SSNs). A person, firm, or corporation may not publicly post or display an SSN. They also may not require a person to transmit their SSN over the internet unless the connection is secure or the SSN is encrypted. They may not require an individual to submit their SSN to access a website (Ga. Code § 10-1-393.8).
Disposal of records containing personal information. A business may not discard a record containing personal information unless it is shredded, erased beforehand, or modified as to be unreadable or the business takes actions it reasonably believes ensures that nobody will have access to it before its destruction (Ga. Code § 10–15–2).
Wiretapping. 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 by any device, instrument, or apparatus a message sent by telephone, telegraph, letter, or other means of private communication (Ga. Code § 16-11-62). Interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication is allowed by one of the parties to the communication or with one of the parties’ prior consent (Ga. Code § 16-11-66).
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