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Spy gadgets becoming more popular in divorces

Can you imagine your ex spying on you with a teddy bear camera? It sounds ridiculous, but it happens more often than you might think. In fact, spy gadgets such as tiny cameras and recording devices are being used more often by people going through a contentious divorce.

One man, for instance, found what appeared to be a small flash drive in his young son's blue jeans that had apparently been sewn into the clothing by his ex-wife. He reportedly discovered that the device had recorded conversations between him and his son, as well as conversations with other people, including his attorney and therapist. He ended up filing a lawsuit against his estranged spouse.

His situation is not entirely unique. With improving technology, it's easier than it used to be to get hold of small recorders or cameras. A click or two on the Internet, and such devices can arrive the next day in a box.

That's the problem: easy access. That, and as one attorney puts it, "All this emotion, it cuts people's IQ in half," according to a Houston Chronicle article. Some people get so caught up in the emotion and bitterness of a split that they don't think about the consequences of their actions. That can be dangerous.

How would you react if you discovered that your ex had planted a GPS device in your car and could track your every move? Many people would sue. It's an issue that will likely arise more and more the slicker technology gets.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Spy gadgets infiltrate divorces as domestic snooping booms," Mike Tolson, April 29, 2012

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