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Electronic privacy important in divorce process

by | Jul 9, 2018 | Divorce, Firm News |

It is often common practice to leave the cell phone or tablet laying somewhere unattended.  Yet, the average California resident has his or her messages, social media account, email and calendar available on these devices. While this habit typically does not lead to problems within one’s own home, if the individual is contemplating divorce, this habit may provide the spouse with unintended information.

Paying attention to one’s electronic devices is important throughout the divorce process. If left unattended, it is possible that the soon-to-be former spouse will be able to gain access to the device and thus gain access to one’s messages, emails and scheduled appointments. Even if access is not possible, many accounts provide notifications that are visible as soon as a button is touched on the device. Again, this can provide unintended information.

In addition to paying attention to one’s electronic devices, an individual will also want to change passwords on his or her accounts. The first password that should be changed is on the email account. When a password is changed on most accounts, a courtesy email is sent notifying the owner of the account. If the soon-to-be former spouse has access to this email, he or she will also know that these other passwords have been changed.

Security and privacy are important throughout the divorce process. In most instances, the California resident utilizes some form of electronic communication or storage and would prefer that the other individual not have access to this information. As with other aspects of the divorce process, experienced legal counsel can assist one in making sure that security and privacy concerns are addressed.


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