A man who was having an affair recently learned the hard way that having your email accessed by someone without authorization may not count as a privacy invasion.
The South Carolina Supreme Court recently ruled unanimously that a man whose wife's daughter-in-law learned the name of the woman with whom he was having an affair by accessing his email did not have his privacy violated under a 1986 law, according to a report from The Associated Press
. However, the court said that while the man could not sue the woman who looked at his private emails, it also did not think the act should have taken place.
"This should in no way be read as condoning her behavior," Associate Justice Kaye Hearn wrote in her opinion, according to the AP.
The wording of the 26-year-old Stored Communication Act does not fully make a distinction between obtaining unread emails, or those that were read and stored, the report said. Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for IDentity Theft
911, has a blog about how consumers can beef up their personal protection when it comes to safeguarding sensitive information.
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