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Tennesse Invasion of Privacy Law

Invasion of privacy is a crime where a person, without the knowledge or consent of the person they are affecting, chooses to obtain information about them, observe them, or use their personal information in a way where it is clearly damaging to the person. Today, what constitutes an invasion of privacy is being redefined because of the internet, and how people use it.

However, in any situation where there is room to believe that a person is alone and no one is viewing them, if it is found that they were being illegally observed, or that what they were saying or doing was illegally recorded, etc., it constitutes an invasion of privacy. 

What is the Invasion of Privacy in Tennessee?

While celebrities do not enjoy the same rights and privileges that are given to the general public when it comes to matters of invasion of privacy, there are times when a non-celebrity can also find that their privacy has been invaded. This can be anything from someone illegally viewing a person at a time when the person being viewed had every reason to believe they were alone, to deliberately obtaining potentially damaging information about a person without their permission, and releasing it so as to negatively affect them.

Invasion of Privacy in Tennessee

Invasion of privacy laws protects the general public from having their personal information used by a malicious person for nefarious purposes. Celebrities are not given the same protection as they have voluntarily chosen to make themselves and their lives visible and newsworthy to the general public. Someone who is not a celebrity and who does not want their information to be accessible to the general public can protect themselves thanks to laws on an invasion of privacy.

Who can be Charged with Invasion of Privacy in Tennessee?

A person must have deliberately tried to invade another person's personal space in order to be charged with invasion of privacy. Even if a person was given permission to be on the premises where the incident happened, the act of invading someones privacy entails going behind their back, at a time when they had every reason to believe that they were alone and invading their privacy at that time.

An example of this is someone who is in their own home, that is a place where they are legally allowed to be, but is using a digital device to record what another person is doing without their consent. If the other person has real reasons to believe that they were alone when they were being recorded, then it is an invasion of privacy.

Invasion of Privacy in Tennessee

Situations Where a Person can be Charged with Invasion of Privacy Include:


  • When a person knowingly spies on another person without their consent, and the act of invading their privacy was either for sexual gratification on the part of the offender or where it was done at a time that the person being spied upon would consider being offensive or embarrassing.
  • If the person whose privacy is invaded is a minor, then it is a breach of law irrespective of whether the minor themselves or their legal parent or guardian gave permission for the action.
  • When the offender deliberately besmirches the reputation of another person, through obtaining information about them without their consent or knowledge, it is an invasion of privacy as well.
While the invasion of privacy is usually a civil case, if criminal activity was involved during the process, then the offend or will be both criminally tried and asked to pay damages to the plaintiff.

What is the Punishment for an Invasion of Privacy in Tennessee?

Anyone who finds that their privacy has been invaded, and their personal information leaked to others, or any form of their solitude being affected by another person without their knowledge or consent, can bring the offender to Court due to laws on an invasion of privacy.

Such a person can obtain an amount in damages from the offend or, and if there was any criminal activity involved, then the offender would be tried for that as well. The amount that can be obtained by taking the offender to Court depends on how their actions negatively impacted the privacy and lifestyle of the plaintiff.

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