2015 ORS 30.865¹
Action for invasion of personal privacy
  • attorney fees

(1) A plaintiff has a cause of action for invasion of personal privacy if the plaintiff establishes any of the following:

(a) The defendant knowingly made or recorded a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording of the plaintiff in a state of nudity without the consent of the plaintiff, and at the time the visual recording was made or recorded the plaintiff was in a place and circumstances where the plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of personal privacy.

(b) For the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the defendant, the defendant was in a location to observe the plaintiff in a state of nudity without the consent of the plaintiff, and the plaintiff was in a place and circumstances where the plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of personal privacy.

(c) For the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person, the defendant knowingly:

(A) Made or recorded a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording of an intimate area of the plaintiff without the consent of the plaintiff; or

(B) Viewed an intimate area of the plaintiff without the consent of the plaintiff.

(d) Without the consent of the plaintiff, the defendant disseminated a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording of the plaintiff in a state of nudity, and the defendant knew that at the time the visual recording was made or recorded the plaintiff was in a place and circumstances where the plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of personal privacy.

(2) A plaintiff who prevails in a cause of action for invasion of personal privacy under this section is entitled to receive:

(a) Compensatory damages; and

(b) Reasonable attorney fees.

(3) An action under this section must be commenced not later than two years after the conduct that gives rise to a claim for relief occurred.

(4) The remedy provided by this section is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other claim for relief that may be available to a plaintiff by reason of conduct of a defendant described in subsection (1) of this section.

(5) The provisions of subsection (1)(a) and (d) of this section do not apply to a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording of a person under 12 years of age if:

(a) The person who makes, records or disseminates the visual recording is the father, mother, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle or first cousin, by blood, adoption or marriage, of the person under 12 years of age; and

(b) The visual recording is made, recorded or disseminated for a purpose other than arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the person or another person.

(6) As used in this section:

(a) "Intimate area" means:

(A) Undergarments that are being worn by a person, are covered by clothing and are intended to be protected from being seen; and

(B) Any of the following that are covered by clothing and are intended to be protected from being seen:

(i) Genitals;

(ii) Pubic areas; or

(iii) Female breasts below the point immediately above the top of the areola.

(b) "Made or recorded a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording" includes, but is not limited to, making or recording or employing, authorizing, permitting, compelling or inducing another person to make or record a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording.

(c) "Nudity" means any part of the uncovered or less than opaquely covered:

(A) Genitals;

(B) Pubic area; or

(C) Female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola.

(d) "Places and circumstances where the plaintiff has a reasonable expectation of personal privacy" includes, but is not limited to, a bathroom, dressing room, locker room that includes an enclosed area for dressing or showering, tanning booth and any area where a person undresses in an enclosed space that is not open to public view.

(e) "Public view" means that an area can be readily seen and that a person within the area can be distinguished by normal unaided vision when viewed from a public place as defined in ORS 161.015 (General definitions). [2005 c.544 §1; 2009 c.877 §3; 2013 c.1 §3]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 30—Actions and Suits in Particular Cases, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors030.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.