Boyfriend Sues Ex-Girlfriend for Accessing his Email Account Post-Breakup

Love and heartache can make ever the most rational individual temporarily crazy at times. With love and heartbreak comes the urge to spy or check up on your significant other to see who they are communicating with behind your back. Today, most people have an email address. Emails allow us to communicate quickly and ideally, confidentially. However, it is all too easy for someone to hack into your account, change your password, and have access to all of your personal information. Fortunately, there are cyber security laws that protect against this.

Judge Allowed Man to Sue his Ex-girlfriend for Hacking into his Email Account

Recently, a U.S. District Judge allowed man to sue his ex-girlfriend for hacking into his email account after they broke up. 

The couple’s long-term relationship ended in 2015 after the girlfriend began seeing another man. 

Randomly, the boyfriend received an email notification that stated his email password had been reset, yet he had not reset it. The change in password was traced back to the ex-girlfriend’s paramour’s computer. She later admitted to hacking in to his email account to see his emails and change his password. 

Case Will Go Forward to Trial 

This case survived a motion for summary judgment, meaning it will go forward to trial. It will be interesting to see what happens in the trial, as hacking into computers and changing passwords is one of the many new issues that has arisen with advances in technology. 

Smith Strong, PLC can Represent You in Family Law Cases Involving Breach of Technological Security 

The attorneys at Smith Strong, PLC are prepared to represent you in family law cases involving technological breaches and violations of privacy. If you suspect that your significant other has been hacking in to your personal online information, contact Smith Strong, PLC for a comprehensive case plan and assessment. 

Special thanks to co-author and fellow researcher, Hayden-Anne Breedlove for her contribution with this article. Hayden-Anne Breedlove anticipates graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law in May of 2019.

H. Van Smith
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