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The role of data protection in high asset divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2018 | High Asset Divorce |

Technology has truly changed our lives for the better in countless ways. There are areas, however, where the benefits of technology can pose a problem. An example lies in high asset divorce, where technology can provide a soon-to-be-ex with a wealth of information that can be used against their partner during the divorce process. It is absolutely critical to protect personal data during and after an Illinois divorce. 

Take, for example, the technology that allows family members to share access to email, messaging, online schedules, photos and other files. This technology can make life easier in so many ways. However, when a marriage is coming to a close, a spouse might not want his or her whereabouts, appointments and messaging to be tracked.

Data protection is not only important for reasons of personal privacy, but it is also critical in supporting a legal strategy. If a former partner is able to access emails and documents shared between a spouse and his or her legal counsel, that would certainly be valuable information. The best way to protect against unintentionally shared data begins with changing one’s email password.

Beyond that simple step, it may be helpful to take all devices to a professional to have them scrubbed of tracking software and have the settings restored to the original configurations. While it’s certainly possible to handle these matters on one’s own, covering all the bases requires a degree of tech savvy, as well as an investment of time. Regardless of who completes the process, protecting data can go a long way toward securing the tech tools used on a daily basis, and preventing unintentional information sharing during an Illinois high asset divorce.


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