Civil Code 1798.53
Anyone who discloses an individual's nonpublic personal information maintained by a government agency is subject to civil action and penalties by the individual.
Statutory Scheme:Information Practices Act(IPA)
Parties Bound:state agencies and persons disclosing information held in government databases
Other Relevant California Code Sections:Federal Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a); California Constitution Art. I, sec. 1
Subject Conferred Legal Right of Action:Invasion of privacy action carries a minimum $2500 in damages, together with attorney's fees and court costs.
Associated Federal Law(s):
Improved enforcement : Tiered increase in amount of civil penalties