Privacy harms slap at the Oscars

29/03/2022 | IAPP

The incident at the Oscars last Sunday resulting in actor Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage for an ill-advised joke about Smith's wife is an example of a privacy harm. Here, the IAPP discusses how "the incident demonstrates the immediate and visceral impact of a privacy harm," which can serve as a helpful example, especially as "the question of privacy harms is front and center in an ongoing policy debate." The article goes on to add that "lawmakers sometimes doubt the veracity or concreteness of privacy injuries," and to the doubters, "I say, look at (Smith's wife's) face at the instance of impact of Rock's joke" and "tell me now that privacy harms are not real."

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