Are privacy policies uniform or should I hire a lawyer to review or create it?
Does the Privacy Act apply to hotels releasing information to anyone besides myself without my permission?
What happens if a bank misplaces my file and another teller, customer etc. gets access to it? In case they had taken copies from my file, can the law protect my personal information, ID, SS#, etc. from being accessed due to their negligence?
Case details: I was discussing certain issues with a bank officer at my bank. The lady pulled my file containing my personal information, photo ID, passport, SSN and account numbers. The officer left my open file on a desk next to another officer with a client.
As for another officer accessing the information while the file was lying on the desk, they can access the information at any time by accessing your file. That per se is not a matter of concern since the person is an employee of the bank. The only concern is if and when an individual from the street walks in to the bank and sees the information lying on the desk and notes it down. In that case, the bank will be liable for any damages arising out of it.
You may discuss the issue with the bank’s manager. Convey your displeasure about the careless handling of your personal details by the bank employee. You should put forth your views without an element of hostility. After discussing the matter verbally with the manager, you have to issue a written letter demanding to know what measured they would take to address the issue. You should inform the manager that if something happens to your personal information and someone wrongfully abuses the information, the bank will be held liable since they have been informed of the matter.
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