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Do You Spy On Your Loved Ones Online?

Submitted by on July 30, 2011 – 11:21 amOne Comment

A new study says that while Congress worries about Apple and Google invading your privacy, “consumers might have just as much to fear from people they know.”

A survey by electronics Web site Retrevo found that online snooping among family and romantic partners is large and on the rise.  And I don’t mean Googling someone before a date (that’s just common sense).  Thirty-three percent of people fessed up to checking a boyfriend or girlfriend’s emails or call history without them knowing- up 10% from last year. Think that putting a ring on it will earn you some trust? Nope: 37% have spied on their spouse’s online lives. Women lead men in every category of willingness to snoop (but maybe they have more to worry about!).

No one has it worse than kids, with 59% percent of parents saying they would track their kids with a cell phone’s GPS (and I bet the other 31% just use the sixth sense that all parents have). But while 60% of parents of teens digitally snoop on their kids, only 14% find something concerning. So kids might deserve a little more trust, unless they’re just more tech savvy than their parents and know how to delete a text message.

With laptops and smartphones everywhere, seeing someone’s private data is easier than ever. If your boo lets you check your email on her Blackberry, and her account just happens to be open, is it even snooping anyway?  How many of you have sneaked a peek at a search or call history, and where do you draw the line?

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