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Surveillance vs Snooping - The Fine Line...

Surveillance vs Snooping - The Fine Line...

Surveillance vs Snooping

Going through a separation has a way of making even the most private and intimate of affairs seem all of a sudden very public. Unfortunately, this exposure of personal details, coupled with an angry ex, can result in uncovering more than a few skeletons in the closet.

There are different ways of accessing private information and there are drastic differences between surveillance and snooping – one being legal, and one not. 

We live in a world where you can access your emails, banking and social media accounts from anywhere online. An angry ex may resort to snooping through your online existence in an attempt to find those skeletons. They may use software to hack into your computers, phone or ipad to illegally obtain evidence. Knowingly accessing a computer, computer network or computer system without the effective consent of the owner is a legal offence and can be pursued in the Supreme Court as a breach of confidence.

However, there are other surveillance techniques that may be utilised in Family Law Proceedings that are completely legal. Private Investigators are often engaged to undertake surveillance work. It may be that evidence can be legally obtained that demonstrates that the wellbeing and safety of a child is a major concern while in the care of one parent. Or perhaps that the partner running the family business has been taking cash and is understating their income. The line around surveillance law is fairly thin, and constantly changing, but with the use of knowledgeable and reputable Private Investigators, this information can be obtained, and successfully used, in Family Law Proceedings.

Separation and Divorce is unpleasant enough. The last thing you want is further proceedings in the Supreme Court for snooping around your partner’s emails to find out if they had an affair or not. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the appropriate ways to obtain evidence and ways in which you can protect yourself from a snooping ex, the first and foremost being to change your passwords!

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