There was a strange article in the Sunday Star Times over the weekend that seems to have passed without comment. The article, which is clearly based on a press release by a private investigator, describes loading spyware onto your partner’s cell phone as a way of finding out if they are being unfaithful.
This is highly likely to be illegal, both on telecommunications intercept grounds, and on the “anti-hacking” parts of the Crimes Act. The article doesn’t mention that, or any downside at all.
I’m amazed that anyone would think this is a reasonable thing to do. If you are reduced to spying on someone, why are you in a relationship with them? And, if someone spied on you like that, would you want anything more to do with them?
Update: Apparently the person concerned isn’t even a proper private investigator – check the second comment below. Looks like the Sunday Star Times was more than a little credulous.