A Guide to Privacy Law

Privacy law deals with the regulation of personal information collected by the government, other public as well as private organizations and its storage and use.

The right to privacy is not explicitly stated anywhere in the Bill of Rights. The idea of a right to privacy was actually first addressed as a legal concept derived from the Constitution and common law that people should have a general right to privacy. Ever since, common law has created and governed the right to privacy with the help from various statutory laws.

Generally, privacy laws are considered in the context of a person's privacy rights or their expectation of privacy. Examples of privacy law can be found in healthcare, finance, online, certain communications with designates people as well as privacy in one’s home.

For many companies, collecting sensitive consumer and employee information is an essential part of doing business. It is a businesses legal responsibility to store and protect this information correctly. Financial data, personal information, credit card information may raise additional compliance considerations that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has created.

The FTC regulates and oversees business privacy laws and policies as the rise in privacy policies and statements issued by companies in the United States are clear they are hard at work.

Privacy law is distinct in every country as the policies and culture of the citizens will typically control laws.

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