chat group was a shout out venue for disgruntled volunteers and staff of an organization. someone opened the chat, took screen shots of the conversations and emailed it to staff as "evidence" to file dismissal case against one of us. nobody gave her permission to do so. can we sue?
Anybody can sue in the US but winning is the key and you will have to have good answers for the judge and jury if you want to win.
First off how is such group going to claim privacy ?
Second what are your actual damages?
Finally was the person who opened the group subject to some form of privilege or duty to hold the information privately?
That is just a starter it will take credible witnesses , good evidence and no small measure of skill and luck to play this hand into a winning lawsuit.
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Was it Benjamin Franklin who said "Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead"? Frankly, I would go further to say that "three can keep a secret if all three of them are dead". That may not even be true.
In this digital world, there is no secret if it is in a machine. Information in a machine can be easily copied and distributed.
If you do not want someone to know you said/write bad things about the someone, you should not say/write bad things about the someone. You should imagine that every picture, email, post, text message, or whatever form of electronic communication will be widely distributed.
If any of the statements were false, there might be a cause of action for defamation of character.
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