My wife's brother has made several comments about things that he would only know if he has accessed my wife's email account.
Have your wife change her password from password123 to Pa$$w0rD345
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Your wife may have a claim for invasion of privacy against her brother if she can prove this access. Invasion of privacy is a "tort" that could potentially, although it's unlikely, result in an award of punitive damages against the offender. Besides the expense and difficulty proving damages for such a violation, besides the necessity of a defendant being able to satisfy a judgment, and besides the potentially stressful and disadvantageous need to repeat publicly and repeatedly the facts your wife wish had been kept private, the problem with suing someone who's overseas is that she will need to hire a lawyer licensed where this brother is to initiate a proceeding in that jurisdiction, and she will need to travel to that jurisdiction to pursue that litigation.
Your wife should consult a tort/privacy litigator regarding the nature of the private emails, the kind and extent of damages, and any evidence of the suspect's access.
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