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Beware of electronic spying during and after divorce

During and after divorce, it is important to be alert to the risk that your ex could be using technology to invade your privacy. Not only is spying creepy and potentially illegal, but depending on the circumstances it could may affect the outcome of divorce-related issues such as child custody, property division or spousal support. In some situations, it can even be dangerous.

One of the most common ways that ex-partners spy on one another after a divorce is through online accounts. In some cases, this may involve hacking into the other person’s account and reading their personal correspondence, or even impersonating the other person while interacting with other people online.

Even without your login information, social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are obvious destinations for an ex hoping for an inside scoop. Even if you block your ex and set your profile to private, be careful what you post on these sites and do not assume that you are safe from prying eyes.

In Colorado and other states with toll roads, even your express pass can be a gateway to snooping by an unscrupulous ex. By logging into your account online, he or she may gain access to the digital paper trail created by your toll payments and use them to track your movements.

An even more invasive step that some people take to keep tabs on the whereabouts of a spouse, partner or ex is to secretly place a GPS tracker in the person’s vehicle, purse or backpack. These devices are often very small, making them easy to plant and hard to detect.

Similarly, electronic spyware can be used to track a person’s online activities by recording their keystrokes and sending the information to a third party. Like GPS tracking, spyware creates a very high level of privacy invasion and can be an especially major concern in situations involving domestic violence.

Source: Huffington Post, "Can Technology Be an Enemy in Divorce? You'd Be Surprised," Brendan Lyle, June 18, 2014

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