We've covered the way
content — texts, images — sent between two people (one of whom
is cheating) can give someone enough ammo to get a divorce. But what about those seemingly innocent computer wearables like your
Fitbit? Is their data enough to get you into divorce court? Yes –
very much so.
This type of data tracking isn't any different than what divorce lawyers
have been doing with car GPS systems for years. However, because of the
wearables' ability to pinpoint your exact location at all times, it
will give opposing lawyers enough to support other evidence they may be
Typically, data gathered from wearable devices and apps — heart rates,
locations, text messages and emails — does not get submitted as
evidence, McLaren said, rather it may be used to secure evidence. Today's
tools may not be enough for a court to conclude that someone is in the
throngs of passion with a paramour. But data showing, say, that someone
in a divorce proceeding is near the address of a suspected lover with
an elevated heart rate, is probably not ideal for someone in court, either.
Divorce, Data Style (Medium/Backchannel)
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