Is it legal for an owner of a car lot to discuss our account with one of his friends even though his friend is my brother-in-law?

My brother-in-law knows everything about our account. I personally feel that it’s none of his business. Isn’t there a privacy law for this?

Asked on June 16, 2009 under Business Law, West Virginia


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

What do you mean discuss the account? You need to give more information to determine if any statutory privacy laws have been broken -- is he defaming you by stating you owe debt and you haven't paid but in actuality you have paid?

Privacy issues are quite complex. Try the following:

1. File a complaint with your state's Dept of Banking if that agency regulates the particular car dealership.  If not, try your state's Attorney General office.

2. If all else fails, consult with an attorney at and check his or her record at the West Virginia State Bar.

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