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Italian court bans reading other people's mail

Woman ordered to pay ex-husband damages

09 January, 18:47
Italian court bans reading other people's mail (ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - Italy's supreme court has ruled that only legitimate recipients of correspondence, be it on paper or in electronic or other forms, have the right to read it, in a landmark sentence Thursday that forced a woman to pay damages to her ex-husband for opening a letter sent to him and using it in a court proceeding. Italy's Court of Cassation appeals tribunal ordered the woman to make the payment even though it admitted that the statute of limitations had run out on the crime. The woman had read a publishing contract sent to her ex-husband, a university professor, and submitted the contract in a court proceeding.