Internet profile passwords exchanged as divorce court evidence

A article points out a recent and possibly disturbing trend in divorce proceedings: the exchange of Facebook and dating website passwords as part of the discovery process. Typically in a proceeding, evidence is allowed to be collected from public online profiles, but this case goes above and beyond that.

The article examines a recent Connecticut divorce case, in which the presiding judge issued an injunction against a woman who asked a friend to delete sensitive information on her Facebook, Match and EHarmony accounts. The injunction followed a private matter in which the husband in question, Stephen Gallion, was given his wife Courtney’s passwords on the advice of her lawyer.

The injunction prohibits her from deleting any information from her accounts. The judge also admonished the two to not post anything to the other’s accounts.

What do you think about this idea? Is it necessary to establish in a divorce proceeding, or is it an egregious breach of privacy?


3 thoughts on “Internet profile passwords exchanged as divorce court evidence

  1. The internet is taking humanity into an uncharted territory of morality. It remains to be seen how we cope with change.

  2. Well, it’s kinda the woman’s own fault. She shouldn’t have uploaded that kind of data to the Internet in the first place. However, I think companies shouldn’t be allowed to do this, they shouldn’t be able to give anyone of any company passwords or any other type of private information. It’s just like if companies started sharing SSNs; passwords as well as SSNs are considered private information, and companies who do share that information should be severely punished.

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