In Michigan, a man named Leon Walker is be prosecuted for checking his (now) ex-wife’s email. Apparently, Mr. Walker either possessed, or guessed, his wife’s e-mail password and read e-mails between his wife and her ex-husband. Now, he is being charged under a Michigan anti-hacking statute. Frankly, it sounds like the prosecution arose out of a nasty divorce, as it appears that the husband and wife are also fighting over their child.
Nevertheless, it got me thinking about whether or not California has a similar statute and whether or not a person could be prosecuted in a similar situation. Ultimately, California has a similar anti-hacking statute that is more detailed and can be considered more broad.