Don't Leave the Blackberry Lying Around

Spouses parse through private email in search of infidelities
By Kate Schwartz,  Newser User
Posted Sep 15, 2007 2:37 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Governments and corporations aren’t the only ones parsing through private emails, the New York Times reports: The culprit is just as likely to be a spouse hunting for proof of infidelity. One divorce lawyer says that electronic evidence plays a role “in just about every case now.” As long as it’s from a shared computer, or passwords have been exchanged, it can be legal to steal a loved one’s private missives.

One spouse admits to feeling guilty about spying; another felt violated when she found a GPS tracker on the family car. But Lawyers warn that privacy is an old-fashioned concept in the digital age. Every keystroke entered on a computer can be dug up in divorce court: “The only thing you can truly erase these things with is a specialty Smith & Wesson product,” a lawyer says.