The general rule with email is that you should not write anything in an email that you would not publish in the newspaper, as email is notoriously subject to being publicly exposed. There are a few protections under the law, but they are not sufficient protection for most instances.
I do not have enough specific information from you to give you an opinion about your specific circumstances. However, because your family member was also an employee, there is a possibility that the situation is covered by federal law. One such statute is 18 U.S.C. § 2701.
Since this is a federal law, the FBI would be the appropriate agency to report this to for investigation
. They are the ones with jurisdiction over the issue. As with all police-type of agencies, they do not have a duty to pursue all complaints
, even where the law has definitely been violated. And, indeed, they commonly exercise discretion in which cases they expend their resources.
However, if you have sustained economic damage as a result of this privacy violation, it may be that they would pursue an investigation.
Good luck to you!
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