Your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner just headed out to do errands without logging out of his or her email account. The computerâ€™s sitting right there. Would you feel compelled to check it out?
According to a recent study, thereâ€™s a good chance that you will eavesdrop on your significant otherâ€™s cell phone and email conversations.
38% of people who are younger than 25 and in a relationship have snooped on their significant other by reading private email. 10% of the time, this snooping revealed that the other person had been unfaithful, resulting in a break up.
36% of people in long-term, committed relationships indicated they check emails or call histories without their significant otherâ€™s knowledge. 3% of married snoopers discovered they were being cheated on.
33% of women say they snoop on their spouse or partner, while 30% of men do.
Is this okay? Trust is a fragile intangible that can be irreparably broken. But aside from the moral and ethical implications, is it legal?
CBS News reports, â€œAn Internet law designed to protect the stealing of trade secrets and identities is being used to levy a felony charge against a Michigan man after he logged onto his then-wife’s Gmail account and found out she was cheatingâ€¦ [He] is being charged with felony computer misuse, and faces up to five years in prison after logging into the email account of now ex-wifeâ€¦on a shared laptop using her password.â€
So before you go clandestine and hack your honeyâ€™s Hotmail, know that the long arm of the law may toss you into the hoosegow .