The Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978-The Congressional Response to United States v. Miller: A Procedural Right to Challenge Government Access to Financial Records

This article will review the factors leading to the Miller decision and the legislative response to that decision. Part I will examine the bank customer’s expectation of privacy and the way Miller affects this expectation. Part II will discuss the congressional response to Miller and the competing interests which led to the Right to Financial Privacy Act. The Act itself will be discussed in detail in Part III. Part IV will evaluate the Act, and offer recommendations for reform. The article concludes that the Act, by adopting a purely procedural approach, fails to provide adequate protection to bank customers.