We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

What are Private Rights?

By Karize Uy
Updated: May 16, 2024

In the broadest sense, private rights are those rights entitled to every private citizen in certain countries. Especially when certain cases are brought to court, a citizen might be able to claim that a certain private right was violated by another party. Private rights and privacy laws have been evolving, and certain rights have been defined in many countries, but others have not yet been specified.

One popular private right is an individual’s right for his or her privacy to be protected and not be invaded. Privacy, in this sense, can mean a spatial territory, physical property or personal information, among other things. Common situations, such as unsolicited invasion or surveillance of a person’s home, ransacking of belongings and acquiring of private data without the person’s knowledge, can be a violation of a person’s private rights.

Another manner in which an individual’s private rights are breached is by fraudulence, in which a person’s identity is misused by another person in order to gain profits. Identity theft and fraudulence can occur in many situations, such as stealing and using another person’s credit card, impersonating or exploiting a person’s name for product advertisements, to name a few. A citizen can take legal action if he or she can present evidence of injuries from the situation, whether direct or direct, whether physical, mental or financial.

Defamatory actions, such as publishing false information or confidential data, also can be grounds for a private rights case. Defamation also can include publicizing verified and accurate facts that can taint a person’s character or damage a person’s life. Circumstances such as these usually occur in the media, where documents, photographs or videos are procured and published, all of which can easily make or break a person’s reputation.

Private rights can also include what is called as the right to action. The right of action states that a person can take to court any party that has violated his or her rights. In many cases, the complainant should cite specific instances where his or her rights were violated and show proper evidence to verify this statement.

Private rights can sometimes conflict with public rights, such as when law enforcement officers have a public right to forcefully enter a person’s house, a supposed private property. Especially with modern technology, surveillance devices can also be a cause of concern for private citizens who want to maintain their private rights. Inspections in places such as in malls, airports and hotels are also very controversial issues, because people can consider thorough examinations of themselves and their bags or luggage to be an invasion of privacy.

MyLawQuestions is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
MyLawQuestions, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

MyLawQuestions, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.