Divorcing Couple Told to Swap Facebook Passwords

Judge orders pair to surrender access to social sites

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2011 12:45 AM CST

(Newser) – A judge has ordered a feuding Connecticut couple to turn their passwords for Facebook and dating sites over to each other's divorce lawyers. The unusual order was issued after the husband claimed that his soon-to-be ex-wife's Facebook account contained evidence that would help him win full custody of their children—and she was planning to delete it.

The judge's order violates Facebook's terms of service, which requires users not to hand over their passwords to anybody else, Forbes notes, but he did at least make it clear that he doesn't want to see the couple using their Facebook access to prank each other. "Neither party shall visit the website of the other’s social network and post messages purporting to be the other," he wrote in the order.

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Being forced to hand over social networking passwords seems highly privacy-invasive given the ability to then root around for whatever one wants in an account. - Kashmir Hill, Forbes

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