Can I sue the clerk of courts?

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Can I sue the clerk of courts?

The clerk of courts has published my personal information SS and date of birth in public records for the whole world to see and exploit. This is a clear violation of the Privacy Act. Can I be compensated?

Asked on September 29, 2016 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can only sue for actual losses or damages which were provably caused by someone else's negligent (careless) or otherwise wrongful act. Therefore, if you can show that you did suffer some loss (e.g. a debt incurred in your name, which you are being held liable for) due to this, you could potentially sue to recover compensation. But there is no compensation without harm--you can't get compensation for what *might* or *could* occur. So if, as we hope, there has been no loss to you, there is nothing to sue for.


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