Q: My bank leaked all my sensitive personal information via email to another person
I have requested from my bank to email me a form which i was supposed to sign, so i can add an employee to be able to make payment through the businees account. They needed him to go to the bank so they can put his name on the form and email it to me to sign it. They did email me the form on which they have enterred my full social, address, names, and the infomation of my DL. But notly emailed it to me but to the employee as well. When i asked them why via email, they just said sorry. Am i able to sue them, for neglect of dealing with sensitive information?
A: Unless there is a statute giving you the right to recover a penalty in the absence of provable money damages, you can't recover. The old adage "no harm; no foul" would apply.
A: I disagree with Mr. Thorgaard's answer. Often there are what are called "nominal" damages for misconduct. There may be statutory provisions (besides common law negligence) that provide you with the right to sue for the bank's leaking the sensitive information. In the end, is it really worth it to bring suit against the bank for disclosing information to someone you know? If your identity is ever stolen, you might then wish to explore whether your employee or the bank in any way caused that harm. I suggest keeping any emails or other messages related to this disclosure as possible valuable evidence should the future need arise.
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