Don't Get an iPhone if You're Planning to Cheat?

There was an article in Forbes about one couple’s experiences with an iPhone and the app “Find My Friends” that was appropriate for me to write about here on this Family Law blog. This isn’t actually a new technology – my good friend has had the AT&T Family Map app on her iPhone for more than a year – but it’s an interesting application of technology by one suspicious husband.

For those of you unfamiliar with this type of location software for mobile devices, let me give you a quick summary. There are several applications that when activated on a cell phone allows another person to locate the phone using GPS technology. For example, my friend can in a few minutes find out where her husband is located at virtually any time he is out of their house (and even when he’s home she knows it). Of course, he had to agree to have the app installed on his cell phone (he had no problems with that) and he can track my friend in turn (she laughingly calls it love-stalking). I can imagine it’s a great tool if you have teenagers – especially ones who drive. Now back to the story.

So a very suspicious husband in New York surreptitiously installed the “Find My Friends” app on his wife’s iPhone and caught her lying about her location. First let me say that he should have never tampered with her phone without her consent. That goes without saying. But, for the purposes of this story, let’s continue. He suspected she was having an affair with someone and when he texted her to find out where she was, she told him a location that was blocks and blocks from where the app pinpointed her on a map. He not only caught her in what he claimed was a lie, but he then went onto an Apple message board and posted his story.

“I got my wife a new 4s and loaded up find my friends without her knowing. She told me she was at her friends house in the east village. I’ve had suspicions about her meeting this guy who live [sic] uptown. Lo and behold, Find my Friends has her right there. – via Divorcing wife. Thanks iPhone 4s and Find My Friends – MacRumors Forums.”

So what do you think about this use of technology by married couples who suspect infidelity? Is this a good thing or does it turn an iPhone into a SpyPhone?


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