Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Divorcing couple passwords

Divorcing couple passwords, Couple ordered to exchange passwords, Divorcing couple ordered by judge to hand over Facebook, passwords. It had become clear that information posted online would be used in divorce and custody battle. The house and kids are up for grabs but a couple in splitsville were both awarded each other’s Facebook and dating site passwords.

Judge Kenneth Schluger of Connecticut ordered Stephen and Courtney Gallion to swap passwords after it became clear that information posted online would be used as artillery in the divorce and ensuing custody battle. Stephen Gallion’s attorney Gary Traystman told Forbes that his client discovered information on he and his soon-to-be ex’s computer that painted her in a less than flattering light and therefore helped his case for full child custody.

Enticed, Stephen Gallion wanted to see the rest of her online activity, including passwords to Facebook, and other dating sites to confirm his suspicions.

Courtney Gallion allowed herself to be convinced by her own attorney to hand over the passwords but not before texting one of her friends and asking her to delete anything that could get her into trouble.

That’s when Judge Schluger got involved and ordered an injunction that neither client be allowed to delete information from their social media accounts and to hand over their passwords, giving both spouses full access to their online shenanigans.

Traystman said his client had nothing to hide but acknowledged that wouldn’t be easy for his client to see his wife communicationg with new love interests on EHarmony and

“It would be painful for many spouses to see what their spouses are doing,” he told Forbes.

Interestingly, Judge Schluger’s orders may violate more than just each the couple’s assumed privacy — it may violate Facebook’s own privacy regulations. divorcing couple passwords, divorcing couple passwords facebook,,

Under the social media site’s own Registration and Account Safety Rights and Responsibilities, users promise to “not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.”

Facebook does allow others to collect a user’s information if they are given express consent.