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Civil Action For Intrusion With Electronic Device

Concerning a civil remedy for certain damages caused by an intrusion committed through the use of a device.
2016 Regular Session
Civil Law
Bill Summary

The bill states that, with certain exceptions, a person has a private civil right of action against another person if:
  • With malicious intent, the other person intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the person through the use of any device to capture, without the person's consent, a photograph, sound recording, or other physical impression or digital image of the person;
  • The person has a reasonable expectation of privacy at the time of the intrusion;
  • The intrusion is unreasonably offensive or objectionable; and
  • The person suffers emotional distress as a result of the intrusion.

The bill makes legislative findings and declarations.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. P. Lawrence
Sen. K. Lundberg, Sen. L. Newell


Rep. K. Van Winkle, Rep. J. Wilson


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