Here’s another post from October 2009 to continue our Valentine’s Day theme.
A reader writes:
My husband’s ex-wife has been breaking into his email for the past year. They have been divorced for 2 years. She just can’t stay out of our lives!
Well, here is why I am asking you. She works as a managing editor for a publishing company that produces a Catholic health care magazine. My husband is a physician with all this patient information in his email. We have proof she has been doing this and we have proof she has only done it from her work computer. Should her boss know she might be getting information improperly? Actually, it’s called federal wire tapping act, and breaking HIPAA violations, which could be thousands of dollars in fines for her company.
Why doesn’t your husband change the password on his email? If for some reason that won’t solve the problem (and I don’t know why it wouldn’t), he should set up a new email account. These are much cleaner and more effective solutions. You’re looking for drama when there doesn’t need to be any.
Your issue isn’t really that there’s patient information in your husband’s email account, and come on, you know that. Your issue is that she’s violating his privacy, period, regardless of where she’s doing it from or what she’s finding. Don’t engage; just change the email password or change the account if necessary, and move on.