Leon Walker, a Michigan man suspicious of his wife’s behavior, used his spouse’s password to access her email on what he said was a shared computer in the home because he was worried his wife’s lover was abusive toward her around the couple’s young children.
He is now facing five years in jail under a state statute that prohibits unlawful access to a computer system, program or network in order to acquire, alter, damage, delete, or destroy property (a law typically targeted at malicious hackers).
I am not pro snooping, but I do think that this is taking it a bit far… The defendant’s lawyer is expected to argue that because the computer is considered shared property, the law should not apply to domestic snooping, and therefore, not a case. I don’t think that this is right either as it was her PERSONAL email… This is a tough one!
I guess this legal precedent about to be set will compel you not to type in that password!! Moral of the day: don’t snoop!