Simpsonville, SC asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Internet Law for South Carolina

Q: Can a private investigator hack into my laptop and make copies of what legal public websites I view.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In South Carolina, as in other states, it is illegal for a private investigator or anyone else to hack into your laptop without your consent. Hacking, which includes unauthorized access to someone's computer or digital accounts, is a violation of both federal and state laws.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) at the federal level, as well as various state laws, prohibit unauthorized access to electronic devices and private communications. This means that a private investigator cannot legally hack into your laptop to monitor your internet usage or make copies of your data.

If you have evidence or suspect that a private investigator has illegally accessed your laptop, this is a serious matter. You have the right to privacy, and this kind of unauthorized access can be considered a criminal offense.

It would be advisable to report this activity to law enforcement. Additionally, you might consider consulting with an attorney to explore your legal options, which could include civil remedies for any harm caused by such an invasion of privacy.

Remember, protecting your digital devices and online accounts is important. Use strong, unique passwords and be cautious about sharing personal information or access to your devices.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: That kind of access usually involves consent, often in writing through authorizations. Good luck

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