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In 2004 the Michigan legislature addressed a number of issues that are frequently discussed with a Michigan Private Investigator. Surveillance for businesses, spousal surveillance or surveillance of illicit behavior are all regularly conducted by Michigan private detectives. As Michigan private investigators, we do not have any special powers that allow us to break the law, including the following:
In our opinion, the above Michigan laws are appropriate and should serve as a good boundary for the private investigator involved in spousal surveillance of domestic surveillance to use when obtaining evidence of infidelity. Many potential clients will ask about the private investigator obtaining film of his/her significant other engaged in some sexual behavior as proof of their adultery. Unfortunately this is very rare to see in public and, as these laws explain, if such infidelity is being conducted in a private place, the private investigator is not allowed to film this activity.
The Michigan private investigator is frequently asked to monitor a computer, telephone or PDA to help learn about the users activities. MCL 750.539k addresses one small area of electronic surveillance, but it ends with the same answer: Do not monitor someone else’s computer, phone or PDA. It is not legal and the penalties are severe.