Who was in the wrong?
It’s nearly impossible to say what percentage of married people cheat. Most research on the matter is from surveys and ― let’s be honest ― how many people are really honest about it when they have? Not to mention the fact that what each individual considers cheating is different. Is sending a flirty text cheating? Is joining a dating app but not going on any dates cheating? Where is the line drawn these days?
On the other hand, you have those in a committed relationship who are paranoid about their partner having an affair. Maybe they’ve been wrong before and now have trust issues. Maybe their spouse started to act differently and suspicions started to grow.
This Swiss couple recently made headlines when the wife discovered her husband’s affairs, but he pushed back through the court system, saying she invaded his privacy by snooping.
What she did
The unnamed Swiss couple, like many live-in couples, shared one home computer. The two also shared numerous passwords, some of which were written down sitting in the open next to their computer.
One day the wife noticed her husband set up a second email account. This made her suspicious.
For some reason, the man had used one of these shared passwords for his new email account, so it was easy for the curious woman to login and read his emails.
What she found was heartbreaking. He had been having multiple affairs with other women.
“He had been in contact with several women for a long time. I confronted him with his affairs, and he moved out of our flat relatively quickly,” the woman said in a court hearing according to The Evening Standard. “My trust in him was gone. We did not talk to each other anymore.”
What He Did
Later on, the husband filed a criminal complaint against his wife for reading his emails.
In Feb. 2017, the wife was brought to court. Prosecutor said she deliberately and repeatedly invaded her husband’s email account and downloaded material that was not her own.
The defense argued that the wife didn’t technically hack into his email as she already knew the password.
However, it came to light that before the wife logged onto his second email account, she had Googled to see if she could get into trouble for reading someone else’s emails.
What the court did
The court fined the wife was about $14,000, some of which was due to police costs. The wife is also suspended on the condition of no further offenses within two years.
Luckily for the woman, her fine was reduced to about $1,500, since she had only shown “minimal criminal energy” to “exploit her husband’s carelessness” in using a known password, Daily Mail reported.
In Switzerland, reading someone else’s password-protected data is illegal and one can be fine or sentenced up to three years in prison.
What’s worse, being cheated on or having your privacy invaded? Many people believe there should be no secrets between couples, so was the wife’s snooping justified? In her defense, she not only discovered that her husband was talking to multiple women, but to add insult to injury, he then went to the courts about it. Why would he want to get back at her when she’s already emotionally suffering? That says a lot about his character. Then again, we don’t know anything about her character.
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