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Husband Accessed My Email Account Without Permission

Postby Acton » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:22 pm

Hello Chris, I would greatly appreciate your help with the following question: Background Information: I am in the middle of a divorce taking place in Massachusetts. During my marriage my husband was terribly abusive. During the months after we married he urged me to give him the password to my main email account. I did not do so as I wasn't comfortable with this, though the abuse escalated substantially when I did not submit to whatever he wanted me to do, so I eventually gave it to him even though I didn't want to. I wasn't hiding anything in my emails that I didn't want him to see, and I never noticed any changes in my account so I eventually forgot that he demanded for me to give him my password. However, when I fled from him when he was physically abusing me, I checked my account and noticed mail had been opened that I did not open, and I knew he had done this. Are there legal consequences for such actions in the state of Massachusetts?

I did give him my password, though I didn't give him permission to access my account. I felt threatened into giving it to him because he relentlessly asked me and abused me if I didn't submit to him. Any information you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Sarah
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Husband Accessed My Email Account Without Permission

Postby Wendell » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:51 am

Good Morning Sarah,

Well in your case you gave the password under duress. that is you were forced to do so because you were placed in fear of physical and mental harm had you not. Thats not OK.

He has violated the law by accessing your accounts and you need to report this to the local police where you are now.

Here is the MASS laws:

PART IV CRIMES, PUNISHMENTS AND PROCEEDINGSIN CRIMINAL CASES

(Chapters 263 through 280)

PrevNext .TITLE I CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS

PrevNext .CHAPTER 266 CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY

PrevNext .Section 33A Obtaining computer services by fraud or misrepresentation; penalties

PrevNext ..Section 33A. Whoever, with intent to defraud, obtains, or attempts to obtain, or aids or abets another in obtaining, any commercial computer service by false representation, false statement, unauthorized charging to the account of another, by installing or tampering with any facilities or equipment or by any other means, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars, or both. As used in this section, the words “commercial computer service” shall mean the use of computers, computer systems, computer programs or computer networks, or the access to or copying of the data, where such use, access or copying is offered by the proprietor or operator of the computer, system, program, network or data to others on a subscription or other basis for monetary consideration. The sooner you report this to the police the better the chances of it being prosecuted.

Good luck and be safe!
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Husband Accessed My Email Account Without Permission

Postby beacher » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:31 pm

Hello Chris, I would greatly appreciate your help with the following question: Background Information: I am in the middle of a divorce taking place in Massachusetts. During my marriage my husband was terribly abusive. During the months after we married he urged me to give him the password to my main email account. I did not do so as I wasn't comfortable with this, though the abuse escalated substantially when I did not submit to whatever he wanted me to do, so I eventually gave it to him even though I didn't want to. I wasn't hiding anything in my emails that I didn't want him to see, and I never noticed any changes in my account so I eventually forgot that he demanded for me to give him my password. However, when I fled from him when he was physically abusing me, I checked my account and noticed mail had been opened that I did not open, and I knew he had done this. Are there legal consequences for such actions in the state of Massachusetts?

I did give him my password, though I didn't give him permission to access my account. I felt threatened into giving it to him because he relentlessly asked me and abused me if I didn't submit to him. Any information you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Sarah
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