Dominican Republic divorce? Checking your spouse’s phone without permission is a crime there!

DR’s National District prosecutor Yeni Berenice Reynoso said if caught in the Dominican Republic checking your spouse’s cell phone without permission you can face a crime which can be punished with jail time of three months to a year and hefty fine of up to 200 minimum wages.

As reported in Santo Domingo’s El Caribe, a post on Reynoso’s Twitter account says that if confidential data is taken and broadcast from the phone, the fines may be increased to one to three years in jail and two to 400 minimum wages.

The district attorney said that 75% of the cases of intimate images and videos of couples involve former spouses, while 90% of images and videos publicized and complaints received at the Prosecutor Office had been sent by the victims. She said that 83% of the victims were under the age of 20.

She said that in the past 18 months there has been a considerable increase in the number of minors affected. “It is important that parents warn their children of the danger of sharing intimate photos and videos with their spouse or any other person,” said Reynoso. She said there have also been cases where people who stole telephones have published the photos they contain.

She said other common digital crimes include credit card cloning, identity theft and hacking email accounts. She said that 74% of electronic crimes were committed by men and 26% by women.

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