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iMy ex-girlfriend went into my personal and work email accounts

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iMy ex-girlfriend went into my personal and work email accounts without my permission, and forwarded some of my private communications to her own email account. That's how I caught her; I saw two "sent" messages to her email address that I did not send to her. Could this be a possible claim or counterclaim in a civil lawsuit in Illinois?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Alex J. Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Hello. My name is Alex and I will be happy to answer your question.

I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.

Can you please tell me how did your ex-girlfriend was able to get into your personal and work email account? Did you ever provide her with a password?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


She used my tablet, which was at home, while I was at work. I never gave her permission to use the tablet and certainly never gave her permission to read my emails.

Expert:  Alex J. Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Dear Michael,

Thank you for your follow up.

What actual direct damages did you suffer as a result of this emails being forwarded to other parties?

What evidence do you have that it was in fact your ex-girlfriend who used your tablet to log into your email accounts and forwarded the emails to third parties?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I went into my "sent" box one day and saw two emails sent from my work email account to her email address. I didn't remember sending her any emails that day, so I opened them up. Both were very private emails to friends. No damages other than my privacy being invaded. I would never think to bring a lawsuit over this, but she is threatening to sue me for an unrelated matter and I wanted to know if her bad acts could be the basis for a counterclaim.

Expert:  Alex J. Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Dear Michael,

Thank you for your follow up.

Unfortunately, unless such unauthorized access to your email accounts by your ex-girlfriend has caused you direct damages that can be shown and proven in court, I am afraid that someone in a position similar to yours would not have a legal claim for such act by your ex.


I know this is not an answer you were hoping for, but the law is very clear on this subject and I do have professional obligation to provide JustAnswer.com customers with correct answer, even when the answer is not favorable to the customer.

I wish you the best of luck and please let me know if you have any related follow up questions for me.

Expert:  Alex J. Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Dear Michael,

Do you have any related follow up questions for me?

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