Originally Posted by ocotillo
--Not trying to be argumentative. Maybe I just need a second cup of coffee. I think I see the analogy with W.M. Felt from an ethical standpoint, but I believe the legal issues were very different.
It's been asserted more than once on TAM that joint property law trumps privacy law. It's been asserted more than once on TAM that marriage provides a legal right to any and all information where your spouse is concerned.
I understand the importance of transparency in marriage a lot better now, then I did six months ago, but that transparancy is an ethical, not a legal right. When it comes to marriage, the two are not the same at all.
I guess in the end, the reason I keep pointing out that the use of keyloggers is often illegal is to salve my own conscience as an I.T. person.
As an I.T. person you know then that there is no right to privacy when using company computers. In fact you can be dismissed for going to the wrong websites. It is general practice to have software in place to monitor activity.
So too then a couple can have transparency. Cool, let's add this to the pre-nup then. Now we are all legal.
While we are at it let's add a non disclosure agreement.
Also a two week notice expectation.
The marriage should be contingent on a background check and a random drug screening.
Using marital assets for extramarital affairs is grounds for dismissal.
Finances would then need expense reports to be approved by the other spouse. Are we having fun yet?
Wedding rings to be displayed at all times. Extramrital affairs could be treated like insider trading.
So all of this is very cute and interesting but for many of us marriage is a serious thing. More serious than these types of laws. It is interesting that the adultry laws are now off the books and yet there are these survelince laws. So them per the law it is not wrong to cheat, but is wrong to survey to protect a marriage. Therefore one can not use the law as their moral compass.