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).
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).
An employer can be liable for failing to remove a former employee’s likeness from its website, a state court ruled. The employee had adequately stated claims under both the appropriation and “false light” invasion of privacy theories, the court explained (Rompf v. Int'l Tennis Hall of Fame, Inc., 2016 R.I. Super. LEXIS 104 (R.I. Super. Ct., Aug. 25, 2016)).