Invasion of Privacy

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Invasion of privacy is the intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause, which can give the person whose privacy has been invaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded. Certain types of invasion (peeping tom, burglary, etc) are either misdemeanor or felony crimes. Invasion of privacy is generally not defined specifically as a crime. One example of Invasion of Privacy that I found came from an article entitled “Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump”

On September 19, 2010 an incident regarding the Invasion of Privacy occurred on the campus of Rutgers University which is located in Piscataway, N.J. This particular Incident started on September 19th with a Twitter message between 2 male roommates. In this twitter message one of the roommates ask for the room until midnight (Privacy) and they both agreed. Later that night the articles states that the other roommate used a camera in his dormitory room to record the roommate’s intimate encounter live on the internet. 3days later after the intimate encounter was broadcasted 18years old “Tyler Clementi” a freshman at Rutgers University jumped from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in an apparent suicide. Witnesses told the police they saw a man jump off the bridge just before 9pm on Sept. 22. Officers discovered a wallet there with Mr. Clementi’s identification. The police said later that night they found the body in the Hudson north of the bridge.

The September 22nd death was the latest by a young American that followed the online posting of hurtful material. The same day of the death of Mr. Clementi the University kicked off a 2 year campus wide project to teach the importance of civility, with special attention to the use and abuse of new technology. The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office said Mr. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro,N.J, and another classmate Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton Junction,N.J., had...
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