Can You Be Prosecuted For Reading Your Spouses Email?

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A husband is going to trail on Valentines Day, for going into his wife’s email account. As the electronic world evolves so does the concept of what is FRAUDULENT ACCESS TO COMPUTERS. Many states and Michigan in particular, are wrestling with how to interpret the law around marital privacy, especially when it comes to accessing a spouse’s email, social media, text or voice mail accounts without their permission.

Over the past several years many people have used these forms of correspondence as evidence in divorce cases. All of that may change this year due to the Leon and Clare Walker case. Clare is accusing her husband Leon of accessing her email account without her consent. Michigan prosecutors say he violated a state law that prohibits unauthorized computer access in order to “acquire, alter, damage, delete or destroy property” – a law intended to punish identity thieves and protect trade secrets.

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