A Forbes.com 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?