Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Internet perils

Two internet-related divorce stories in the news:

Firstly, the Telegraph (and others) reports that a husband in America who suspected his wife was having an affair faces up to five years in jail after reading her emails without her permission. As the Telegraph states: "With nearly half US divorce cases involving some form of privacy invasion such as the reading of text messages or social networking web pages, the case could have significant legal repercussions." Brings to mind Tchenguiz v Imerman...

On a slightly lighter note, a divorced woman in China has had her claim to a share of virtual assets she earned with her former husband in an online game refused by the court, as the 'assets' had no real monetary value. Perhaps the least surprising thing about this story is that the couple were granted a divorce after they each accused the other of neglecting housework...

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