Should it be illegal for your spouse to spy on you in your own home?

I'm glad Catherine Zang decided to sue because I think that what her ex-husband did to her is despicable. For months, Joe Zang spied on Catherine through surveillance equipment he had installed in their home and in her computer. Catherine doesn't know what he got, but she knows he listened to her phone conversations and was able to read all of her emails. They're now in the middle of a federal court battle, which will basically determine whether a spouse is legally able to spy on his or her partner in the privacy of their own home. 


The Zang's story is fascinating because it speaks to the fact that spying has become extremely easy--and common--in this wireless era. I mean, all you really need is a few pieces of equipment, one of which can be your own smartphone and you're set.

We've discussed the topic of whether you would spy on your spouse if you thought he was cheating on you several times in the past, but I think there's a huge difference between reading a few of his emails or checking his texts while he's not looking and monitoring your home through surveillance equipment so you can keep up with each and everyone of his moves.

The thing that bothers me the most about this whole case is that Catherine had no idea she was being spied on in her own home for months on end. I mean, you surely know you'd act completely different if you knew a camera and a mic was on in your home at all times. In fact, that's the reason why I think reality shows are ridiculous. Thruth is, you'll never be your true self if you know you're being watched!

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I can only imagine the rage, hurt and disbelief Catherine must have felt when she found out during divorce proceeding back in 2009 that her husband of 14 years had been doing this to her. I'll be keeping track of this federal case and it'll be interesting to see if stricter laws are enacted.

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Topics: cheating  divorce  marriage