What Are the Penalties for Violations of Consumer Privacy Rights?

Helping clients throughout Washington, D.C. when their rights have been violated

Personal privacy is something that most people hold dear. In Washington, D.C, the D.C. Code protects citizens who have been victims of privacy breaches by allowing individuals, non-profits and special interest organizations to seek damages and injunctive relief when violations of privacy laws publicly expose their private information.

At the law firm of Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we focus on seeking justice for our clients in the form of compensation for the violation of their privacy. A privacy violation can result in significant public humiliation and embarrassment. It can lead to the loss of employment, housing and negatively impact personal and professional relationships. Our work is to seek justice on your behalf and hold the responsible parties accountable.

What are some examples of privacy policy violations?

Privacy violations can range from accidental data breaches (as in the case of a major hacking incident), to the failure to follow internal established privacy and security processes, to a willful and malicious violation with a harmful intent. In Washington, D.C. there are laws in place regarding:

  • Contents of personal emails
  • Private photographs and videos
  • Disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII)
  • Videotaping of surveillance videos in dressing rooms, salons and spas
  • Disclosure of medical history or information
  • Disclosure of prescription information and treatment

But there are also laws in place to protect the data that is compiled on you through websites and in brick-and-mortar buildings, too. Thus, Netflix cannot release data regarding which package you purchased nor your viewing habits under the Video Privacy Protection Act, just as your bank cannot release how often you make deposits nor how much money you take out each week.

When it comes to your private information with regard to your phone and cable services, you are also protected. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Cable Communications Policy Act regulate how phone companies and cable companies safeguard your private information or Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI). The law is enforced by the FCC, and companies face large financial penalties and fines if they violate the Acts.

Let Paulson & Nace help

Consumer protection, particularly violations of the laws governing citizens’ right to privacy, can be incredibly challenging. We handle complex consumer protection and privacy violation claims involving violations of the:

If you have been a victim of a privacy violation, the legal team at Paulson & Nace is ready to help you pursue the remedies available to you. We represent clients in cases of invasion of privacy, misappropriation of name, likeness and image, public disclosure of private facts, internet privacy violations and any other type of privacy violation. Our Washington, D.C.-based attorneys have been protecting the rights and futures of victims for nearly 40 years, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you.

Help when your privacy has been violated

At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we treat people with respect and we treat cases with discretion. If your privacy has been violated in any way, it is time to learn your rights from a skilled Washington, D.C. consumer protection attorney. Please call 202-930-0292 or filling out our contact form to learn more about your rights.