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Is Reading Your S.O.’s Email A Crime?

Ruh-roh. Turns out that innocent snooping you’ve done in your significant other’s email could get your charged with a felony. A Michigan man named Leon Walker used his wife’s password to log into her email, which led to him discovering that she had been having an affair. His wife has since filed for divorce, but Walker is facing far bigger legal woes — namely that he could spend five years in prison if prosecutors prove their case. It’s going to be tough one, however. For starters, they’re depending on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, and this is the first time it’s being used to prosecute a domestic case. Walker’s case will also be aided by the fact that he and his ex lived together at the time of the alleged “crime,” and he had access to her laptop (not to mention knew her password and didn’t, say, “hack” into her account). Regardless, the fact that he’s even been charged should make you think twice the next time you’re thinking about logging into anyone’s email besides your own. [Detroit Free Press]

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