Defense of Publishing Private Facts

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PUBLISHING PRIVATE FACTS

Pennsylvania has adopted the Second Restatement of Torts, which enumerates four theories for invasion of privacy. Essentially, if you decide to publish private or personal information about another without his permission, you can be liable for publishing “private facts” even if the facts are true. The phrase “private facts” refers to information about a person’s personal life that (1) has not previously been shared publicly, (2) is not of legitimate public concern, and (3) the publication of which would be offensive to a reasonable person. Examples of this include such things as writing about a person’smedical condition, sexual activities, or financial troubles.

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