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Legal Protection For Conversational And Communication Privacy In Family, Marriage And Domestic Disputes: An Examination Federal And State Wiretap And Stored Communications Acts And The Common Law Privacy Intrusion Tort, Richard C. Turkington Sep 2003

Legal Protection For Conversational And Communication Privacy In Family, Marriage And Domestic Disputes: An Examination Federal And State Wiretap And Stored Communications Acts And The Common Law Privacy Intrusion Tort, Richard C. Turkington

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In the article I examine the legality of the not uncommon practice of surreptitiously recording telephone conversations, videotaping activities and accessing e-mail or voicemail communications by parties in domestic disputes. First, I examine the important values that are implicated by such activities. These values include conversation, communication and physical privacy. Conversation (and communication) privacy are valued on both intrinsic and instrumentalist grounds. These values run into countervailing values in domestic conflict cases. These include parental autonomy in child rearing and the best interests of the child. I argue that the pervasiveness of electronic surveillance and the emerging tradition in our ...