I actually thought this number would be high but more couples going through divorce are using surveillance equipment to spy on their spouses, according to Maguire Family Law in the U.K. The busy divorce firm has seen increasing numbers of their clients do it and report that about 20% of exes are involved in potentially illegal spying on their partners. The lawyers warn that out of 400 recent clients, one in five is snooping on their spouses, which is up about 60% from just a decade ago.
Part of the reason for the uptick is that the technology used is a lot more accessible to the average person now. James Maguire, the firm’s managing director, says, “Spouses use tracking devices, dash cams, and are putting spying software on mobile phones.” He calls their methods “quite sophisticated” adding that he suspects his experience is “just the tip of the iceberg.”
As for who’s doing the detective work, Maguire shares that more men than women are checking up on their partners this way. While women are also surveilling their spouses, he says they more often do it “to actually protect themselves,” like recording for evidence of domestic abuse. But this high tech sleuthing comes with both emotional and legal risks. Maguire explains that many types of recordings aren’t admissible in court and spouses caught spying could be prosecuted for invasion of privacy – regardless of what their partner did.