Oregon Privacy laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Privacy: What you need to know

Oregon appears to recognize invasion of privacy claims in certain circumstances. Generally, there are four common-law invasion of privacy claims:
• Intrusion upon solitude or seclusion;
• Public disclosure of private facts (e.g., wrongful conduct that gives unreasonable publicity 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 (Anderson v. Fisher Broadcasting Cos., 712 P.2d 803 (Or. 1986)).
Additional information on these common-law rights of privacy is available.
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Identity theft is a crime under Oregon law. A person commits identity theft when he or she, with the intent to deceive or defraud, obtains, possesses, transfers, creates, utters, or converts to his or her own use the personal identification of another person (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 165.800).
"Personal identification" includes any written document or electronic data that provides information concerning a person's name, address, or telephone number; driving privileges; Social Security number (SSN) or tax identification number; citizenship status or alien identification number; employment status, employer, or place of employment; employee identification number; maiden name; identifying number of a person's depository account at a financial institution or trust company or credit card account number; signature; e-mail name, electronic mail signature, e-mail address, or e-mail account; a photograph; date of birth; and personal identification number.
Oregon law states that any person who intentionally intercepts any wire or oral communication without either being a party to the communication or having prior ...

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