Secret Email Forwarding May Violate Wiretap Act: 7th Circ.

By Diana Novak Jones (December 15, 2016, 4:05 PM EST) -- Secretly setting an email account to forward messages it receives and sends could be grounds for a violation of the federal Wiretap Act, the Seventh Circuit said Wednesday, a decision the court acknowledged could expand the use of the act beyond Congress' original intent.

In reviving a lawsuit brought by a husband against his estranged wife over her alleged tampering with his email account, the appellate panel said the court's current understanding of the act would cover the wife's efforts to uncover evidence of adultery in her husband's email without his consent.

But the district court hadn't given the husband, Barry...

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