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Can a private investigator legally hack into private and work emails when researching potential infidelity of a spouse? By hacking I mean obtaining copies of emails from personal and business email accounts?
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A private investigator cannot illegally obtain such documentation and if they did not have consent of the owner of the email accounts then it is actually illegal computer access. Just because they are a private investigator does not give them rights to make unauthorized access into computer accounts.


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