What kind of trouble can a person get into for gaining unauthorized access to a company voicemail account and forwarding information to another individual?

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What kind of trouble can a person get into for gaining unauthorized access to a company voicemail account and forwarding information to another individual?

Asked on January 21, 2011 under Business Law, Texas

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Potentially alot of trouble. Whoever did this has committed a form of theft (the company voice mail is "property" of the company); potentially also violations of a person's privacy rights and even possibly (depending on how  it was done) wiretapping; also possible violation of one or more statutes protecting electronic data. If you or a friend or family member did this, consult with an attorney (probably a criminal defense attorney) to see what criminal and also civil liability you may have incurred; if you are the person this was done to or the company and you wish to take action, again, consult with a lawyer to see, under the exact circumstances, what recourse you have. And, of course, the person doing this can be fired for cause as well--though that's probably the least of the possible consequences. This is not something to be taken lightly.


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