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n. ~ 1. The quality or state of being free from public scrutiny. - 2. The quality or state of having one's personal information or activities protected from unauthorized use by another.


Under tort law, invasion of privacy includes theft of one's identity, intentionally disturbing one's solitude, disclosing nonpublic information about another, and placing another in a false public light. In some states, publicity rights are covered under privacy laws.

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