What is the law regarding a guest’s privacy while staying at a hotel?

UPDATED: Jun 21, 2012

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What is the law regarding a guest’s privacy while staying at a hotel?

I filed a restraining order on an ex-girlfriend and in the order the judge ordered this woman to stay away from me and not to communicate with anyone who knew me. However, this woman contacted a employee at a motel I was staying at and this employee told my ex what room I was staying in and how long I had been a registered guest. Under the consumer protection law I feel that my right to privacy was violated when information regarding me was exposed. Am I protected under this portion of the law? What are the laws governing hotels and what action can I take?

Asked on June 21, 2012 under General Practice, California


Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

First of all, if the restrained party violates the order, you need to call the police. 

There is a general right to privacy under California Constitution, but it is unclear whether or not there was a violation here. 

There have been proposals for a California law related to guest privacy at motels and hotels.  The proposals have thus far not passed and become law.  You can read the proposed law here: ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/asm/ab_0401-0450/ab_429_cfa_20070507_122632_asm_comm.html


Best of luck.

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