Is GPS tracking or computer monitoring software legal in my divorce case?

divorce attorney Jill DuffyQuestion:

I believe my wife has installed keylogger software on my computer and she is using GPS or some other tracking device to keep tabs on me.

Is this legal or is there a privacy invasion claim that can be used to my advantage?


First, let me preface my answer by stating that I am not licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana. The information in the article is general in nature. You should contact an attorney in your jurisdiction immediately to discuss your options.

Many states laws were drafted before the time that cell phones were in every pocket and tracking devises were portable. Judges often have to interpret laws to encompass new technologies.

In many areas, cases involving new technology such as cell phones and GPS tracking are groundbreaking and unprecedented.

Many states have made tracking or spying on a person, without their consent, illegal. In Michigan, where I practice, it is illegal to eavesdrop, install a tracking device on a car if you are the one doing the installation, or use information that was illegally obtained.

The remedy in a situation like this is usually found with your local prosecutor’s office. If you believe that you are being illegally tracked or spied upon you should contact the police or prosecutor in your area to begin an investigation.

You should contact an attorney who is licensed in your state to further discuss the specifics of your situation. Cordell & Cordell represents men in divorce nationwide.

To schedule an appointment with Jill A. Duffy, an Associate Attorney in the Troy, Michigan, office, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

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3 comments on “Is GPS tracking or computer monitoring software legal in my divorce case?

    It’s really sad how many divorces are occurring lately, but at least we have lawyers to help us deal with them. Thank you for the informative article about legality of tracking devices. Maybe try selling your car and computer and then you won’t have to worry about it.

    GPS Device
    In Michigan, it’s only illegal to place a GPS device on a vehicle if YOU do it. If you hire a private investigator to do it for you, it’s ok.
    MCL 750.539l and MCL 339.720 to 339.736

    Divorce Attorney Virginia
    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. Divorce is challenging for everybody. It could sound very simple; however it is tricky for any couple to decide to end a married relationship. Normally they invest rather a long time attempting to solve issues prior to deciding to divorce. But occasionally they just can’t fix the issues and pick that a divorce is the greatest answer. Change is truly a normal component of life, however when it takes place to your loved ones, often it is incredibly difficult to cope with. Best of luck for the next! Thanks for sharing…….

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