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The Modern Day File Cabinet: When Can You Access Your Spouse's Electronically Stored Information?

Divorce Law Source Blog

Your spouse is in the shower and his or her phone lights up on the nightstand… a text message from an unknown number. You unlock the phone using the same tried and true six-digit password that has served as security for countless phones, computers, and email accounts. A string of text messages between your spouse and a lover. So begins a deep dive into every electronic device and email account you can get your hands on.

What’s a little snooping between spouses, you ask? Depending on what data you accessed and how, you may have violated a Federal statute punishable by incarceration for up to five years and fines of up to $10,000, per violation. That means that if you read three of your spouse’s unopened emails without his or her consent, you’re looking at a potential 15 years in the slammer and $30,000 in fines.

Continue reading this article on our Divorce Law Source blog: https://www.divorcelawsource.com/family-law/the-modern-day-file-cabinet-when-can-you-access-your-spouses-electronically-stored-information/.

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