Move over creepy dude living in his ex-girlfriend's attic, we now have "husband who filmed his wife -- and other friends and relatives -- for months via all sorts of hidden cameras and microphones." Isn't it a great time to be alive?!
During her divorce proceedings in 2009, Catherine Zang learned that her husband Joseph didn't merely use some jank built-in computer webcam to see what she was up to all day long, but instead allegedly had a hidden video camera installed in their home, which tracked her every move; a microphone behind the wall, which recorded her every sound; and software in the computer, which copied her every email and instant message.
I'm thinking Joseph isn't one to take part in the "trust fall" exercise at the company retreat.
Catherine and Joseph's divorce became final this year, but the drama is still playing out in U.S. District Court. Two lawsuits involving friends and relatives, and a company that produces computer monitoring software, are currently going on. Javier Luis, a Florida man who sued after learning his online conversations with Catherine Zang were monitored, said: "I haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s scary."
It is, scary, Javier. But the thing is, apparently, this is a lot more common than we realize. Lawyers and experts in all things privacy-related are saying that the reason this case is the exception -- is because it's a case at all. Most of the time, people never find out about being spied on, or are too embarrassed to challenge it on a legal level. That's comforting.
I may be old fashioned, but I'm of the mind that if you're really suspicious of someone, particularly your spouse, just confront them. And if they don't cop to whatever suspicious thing you're accusing them of, as suspicious people are wont to do, try to just ... read them. If it seems like they're lying, then beat it. If not, drop it. (I realize things aren't always this cut and dried, and more drastic measures may need to be taken if you suspect your wife is cheating on you -- but you hear what I'm saying, right? Installing all sorts of elaborate surveillance equipment really is ... a bit much.)
So, to add a little creep factor to your weekend, marinate on this: You could be being watched right now -- and have no clue whatsoever. Not a great feeling, right? Pretty ooky. I mean, you're probably not, but you definitely might be. So, just to cover your ass, you best be on your best behavior.
What do you think of this?
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