Security cameras mounted on the side of a building

The Right to Privacy in Pennsylvania

What is the right to privacy?

Under Pennsylvania law, individuals are protected by the right to privacy. This can mean several things. In criminal law, it means the state cannot seek personal information, physically intrude on spaces where you reasonably expect privacy, or seize and interfere with your possession of property without a warrant or a special exception. Civilly, this means that a person has the right to be left alone, to keep personal information private, to be free from unwarranted publicity, and to control one’s reputation and standing in the community. With advances in technology, the internet, and surveillance equipment, it may seem like privacy is a thing of the past, but the law still upholds several privacy rights for individuals.