Kansas Privacy laws & HR compliance analysis

Kansas Privacy: What you need to know

Common law. Kansas recognizes the common-law legal claim of invasion of privacy (Dotson v. McLaughlin, 531 P.2d 1 (Kan. 1975)). There are generally four ways one can invade the privacy of another person:
• Unreasonable intrusion upon solitude or seclusion (Froehlich v. Adair, 516 P.2d 993 (Kan. 1973));
• Unreasonable publicity given to one's private life;
• Publicity that places one in a false light in the public eye; and
• Appropriation of one's name or likeness.
An employer that monitored employees’ personal phone calls without notifying them could be found liable for intrusion on seclusion under Kansas law, a federal district court ruled in Ali v. Douglas Cable Communications, 929 F. Supp. 1362 (D. Kan. 1996).
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Social Security numbers (SSNs). Under Kansas law, businesses are generally prohibited from soliciting, requiring, or using an individual's SSN. In addition, state law places several limitations upon the use or disclosure of SSNs. SSNs given for the purpose of obtaining a driver's license or identification card must remain confidential and cannot be disclosed unless specifically permitted by law (Kan. Stat. §§ 8-240 and Sec. 8-1324). While most records filed with the state securities commissioner are public, records containing, among other things, an individual's SSN are not to be disclosed (Kan. Stat. § 17-12a607).
Voter registration records are not available for public inspection or copying unless an individual's SSN, or any part of it, has been removed or otherwise been rendered unreadable (Kan. Stat. § 25-2320).
Insurance companies and health maintenance organizations offering accident or sickness policies covering individuals are prohibited from printing or ...

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