Newport, KY asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Kentucky

Q: Can I sue for invasion of privacy

I went to the store and I use my cell phone for my Marlboro mobile coupon and I loaded it up and I go to use it which you have to scan it and the cashier took my phone out of my hand and then was pressing some other things on my phone and exited out of my app without my permission at all I feel like what he did was wrong because he could of looked at anything on my phone I feel so violated and taken advantage of which theses stores try to make up there own rules and laws on what they can do

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: One can understand your frustration over having someone poke around your phone without your permission. Yes, theoretically you could sue. But stop and think about the practical aspects of such a case. What would you be claiming as damages you suffered? Also, think about whether you'd like to pay an attorney hourly to push forward such a lawsuit. You could check with attorneys in your area, but my guess is that an attorney would not accept such a matter on a contingency basis like a car accident (where you pay nothing out of pocket unless you win). The choice is yours, but it could be most practical to let it go. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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