Public Disclosure of Private Facts
A claim for public disclosure of private facts is one of four common law claims for invasion of privacy recognized in the District of Columbia. A claim for public disclosure of private facts generally requires showing that a person published private facts about another person that were not the subject of legitimate public interest, and that the publication would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.
A victim of public disclosure of private facts may recover compensatory damages for injury to her privacy interest, emotional distress, and pecuniary losses (such as lost wages).
[Sources: Douglas C. Melcher, Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia § 20 (2014), and legal authorities cited therein.]