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I was in process of establishing a new business. I went to

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I was in process of establishing a new business. I went to a company to provide an insurance quote. The insurance company called my would be competitors and told them my intentions, in as much as telling what equipment I was buying to use in the business and how many pieces of equipment I was buying. I feel my confidentiality was breeched. This business information was supposed to be used for making an insurance quotation, only. The forms that I filed did ask if I wanted them to contact my past employers. They obviously found out. I almost lost my current job.
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This does sound like a breach of confidentiality (assuming that you did not waive any right to keep the information confidential in regard to the insurance company giving you a quote -- which I doubt as you would have needed to be aware of any form that would do that).

 

However, even if you can prove a legal wrong, you have to prove damages in order to recover anything. Since you haven't necessarily lost anything, there really are not damages. And unfortunately, the stress you suffered and any distress you suffered are not compensable injuries when they're not associated with physical injury to your person. Thus, the company has wronged you but the law doesn't really provide a remedy in your situation.

 

The best you could do is report them to the better business bureau and maybe even the state attorney general.

 

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