What re my rights if a bank breached my privacy?

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What re my rights if a bank breached my privacy?

I opened up a bank account but did not tell anyone because I am an adult and wanted to wait for the right time. Before I could tell my mother, she went to the bank to do some business and my representative let slip I had an account and then tried to cover up her mistake by suggesting my mother and I had integrity problems. I feel like I cannot trust my bank any more, since this is a breach of confidentiality. Is this grounds for legal action?

Asked on March 27, 2014 under Personal Injury, Virginia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You could sue the bank for invasion of privacy for disclosing confidential information about your account.  Your lawsuit should also have a separate cause of action (claim) for breach of fiduciary duty which is the breach of confidentiality by the bank in disclosing information about your account.

You may also have a claim for defamation in your lawsuit because the representative made comments impugning your integrity.  The defamation claim is only viable if the representative made the comments impugning your integrity to a third party. 


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