What is an Invasion of Privacy?

Legally, an invasion of privacy may include any of the following:

  • Publication of private facts
  • Placing a person in a false light
  • Unauthorised appropriation of a person’s name or likeness
  • Intrusion into a person’s sphere e.g. telephone tapping
  • The collection of personal data
  • Example: Mhlongu v Bailey & another. The editor of the magazine knew that the plaintiff shied away from publicity and objected to the use of his photographs and name in the magazine. The court held that the publication of the photographs constituted an invasion of privacy.
Cyber Risk