Can I install spyware on my spouse’s phone to see if they might be cheating?

UPDATED: Mar 15, 2012

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Can I install spyware on my spouse’s phone to see if they might be cheating?

Asked on March 15, 2012 under Family Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No: depending on the exact "spyware" you install and how it functions, this would constitute wiretapping and/or a violation of statutes protecting electronic privacy. You would likely be committing a federal felony (and possibly violating your state's laws, too), which is not something you wish to do.


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