Penalties for Violation and Lawsuits

The punishment for violations of invasion of privacy laws is up to 15 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. Additionally, the law also specifically says that someone who is affected by this can sue the alleged perpetrator and try to get money.

Example – 911 Dispatcher in Bartow County

This is not one of the most popular crimes in Georgia. Many prosecutors have probably never charged anyone with a violation of this law. There was a recent arrest for violation of this statute that is pretty interesting, however.

A 911 dispatcher was arrested for accessing people’s criminal records when she was not supposed to be doing so.

Law enforcement officers (police), prosecutors, and folks like dispatchers have access to people’s criminal histories. These records are maintained by the GBI and are only accessible in limited circumstances.

This is an interesting case because it could set a precedent for others in government jobs to be prosecuted if they are running people’s criminal history when they shouldn’t be.