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
Don't Leave the Blackberry Lying Around
The Palm Foleo mobile companion has a large screen and full-size keyboard with which to view and edit email and office documents residing on a smartphone. Edits made on Foleo automatically are reflected on its paired smartphone and vice versa. Foleo and its paired smartphone stay synchronized throughout...   (Associated Press)

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. (Read more divorce stories.)

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