This post is part of our ongoing series exploring the impact of technology on legal issues. For an introduction to the series and a collection of the posts in the series, check out this post.
Bing. Bing. Bing. Bing. That would be the sound of a text message showing up on my phone, watch, iPad, and computer all at the same time. Don’t worry, I actually have the sound turned off on all but one of those devices, so I don’t drive myself and everyone around me insane. I love the convenience of it. No matter which device I am using, I can easily respond to a text or call without having to figure out where the heck I left my phone. And because my fiancé has sworn off all things Apple, I never have to worry about him seeing any surprises I’m planning.
But we’re not like most couples. Most couples I know have the same type of phone and if it is an iPhone, they often share the same Apple ID. Sure, this is convenient for a number of reasons. But what happens when a couple decides to separate and forgets that their ex has access to all of their text messages? Or can see their emails? Sadly, I’ve had more than one client who discovered their spouse was unfaithful because the spouse forgot their devices were linked. I’ve had clients who can’t figure out how their ex found out about someone they were talking to months after separating even though they were never seen together publicly and most communication was limited to texting. If you shared an account or had your texts or calls going to another device that you do not have exclusive control over, you need to be mindful that your ex may still have access to what you assume are private calls or text messages. Continue Reading Electronic Devices and Divorce