Legality of accessing spouses or ex spouse's email


#1

I would also make the following points: I am the one who filed for separation and divorce. My ex did not show up for the divorce hearing and my ex and I are divorced since March of 2001.

I have moved on my life. I spent several years very alone. Two and half years ago I finally met someone and subsequentlly remarried.

The thought that my ex may be holding on materials is disturbing as during our separation, he promised to someday tell our son what kind of woman his mother is and used some interesting verbage. My deal is this- not to rehash old things, but to move on. I do not know if he will use the materials he has to simply try to shame me to my biological son or my new family, or to try to black mail me into not pursuing child support for our son.

Bottom line for me is what is the legality of him breaking into accounts that were password protected and holding on to materials including communications with my attorney?

Is there recourse should he choose make public these materials? Or recourse should he try to influence decisions regarding our son through his use of these materials.

Or is there nothing legal, but it’s simply a matter of someone a grudge to hold and he could choose to harass and embarrass me at his will? (He was verbally and emotionally abusive much of the marriage - it was why I wanted out of the marriage.)

After all this time, have I no protection from him?

I’m just weary.


#2

I am not a attorney, I highly recommend if you want to prosue this to speak with a attorney in Computer Crimes. A divorce attorney may have some knowledge on the law of computer crimes, But I highly recommend you seek a Computer Crimes lawyer in addition to your divorce lawyer he could tell you if there is anything that can be done. The attorney you are looking for should have experience in computer crimes as well as some somewhat a IT background or understanding of it. In some states the act of accessing information with out authorizations even if they have the password is considered hacking. It may be punishable on state and Federal level. You may also want to look up on the internet web searches: Federal Computer Crimes Law and Also North Carolina Computer Crimes Law But also this should never take the place of common sense and regular password changes. Never name your password after you birthday, Pet


#3

Thank you for your response. If anyone from the Rosen firm has a recommendation for Computer Crime attorney’s, please post a recommendation.

I wonder about harassment since it’s been 5 years…

Thank you,

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[i]Originally posted by Blackvipe[/i] [br]I am not a attorney, I highly recommend if you want to prosue this to speak with a attorney in Computer Crimes. A divorce attorney may have some knowledge on the law of computer crimes, But I highly recommend you seek a Computer Crimes lawyer in addition to your divorce lawyer he could tell you if there is anything that can be done. The attorney you are looking for should have experience in computer crimes as well as some somewhat a IT background or understanding of it. In some states the act of accessing information with out authorizations even if they have the password is considered hacking. It may be punishable on state and Federal level. You may also want to look up on the internet web searches: Federal Computer Crimes Law and Also North Carolina Computer Crimes Law But also this should never take the place of common sense and regular password changes. Never name your password after you birthday, Pet

#4

If my ex has accessed my email accounts without my knowledge or consent and is holding those papers, do I have any legal recourse?