What is the law regarding unauthorized access ofvoicemail and invasion of privacy?

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What is the law regarding unauthorized access ofvoicemail and invasion of privacy?

I found out today my ex-girlfriend has been accessing my voicemail without my permission. I wanted to know laws on this.

Asked on August 30, 2010 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

She may be committing an invasion of privacy, which in theory might give you right to sue her; as a practical matter, if you haven't suffered actual monetary damages or losses in some fashion, it may not be worthwhile doing this. Still, you could possible file a legal action to get an order barring her from doiing this again and also reinforcing what's already the case, that she can't use or divulge the information. (If she has already divulged the information and its embarrassed you, caused you some reputational or other harm, etc., there may be something to sue for).

You might wish to consider a protective order against her, if she is stalking you or harassing you.

If  you haven't already, obviously, change your voice mail access (and possibly phone number).

For the first two suggestions above, you should consult with an attorney who can help you evaluate your best recourse for your specific situation.


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