Well, yes and no, it depends on the circumstances. It also depends where you are in the world. Every country has its own rules. Take the European Union, for instance. These guys seem to make their own rules as they go along. Or perhaps they are very officious and judicious in looking after the interests of their citizens. They recently took on a tech giant on the matter of allowing guys like us to probe and view other people’s personal accounts.
By this time you should be getting the impression that we have all entered a gray area. It’s not a dark space, so no need to worry. After all, it’s not like you’re about to commit a crime when you view private instagrams. For all we know, you are doing research. You could also be a mighty fine journo who wants to access the records of some famous star you’ve been trying to get hold of for a while. That’s journalism for you.
You might even be trying to save lives. After all, isn’t it true that those who lock us out completely from their private lives may be hiding things from us that they are too ashamed or heart sore to air out in the public domain? You could be a private eye, trying to help someone out with a particularly delicate matter that is causing him or her some harm. There could be legal implications, but only if you get caught. And it seems to be the case that as long as you follow the rules that your breaching tools dictate, you won’t get caught.
The designs have been deliberately simplified so that guys like us can operate these invasions of privacy with relative ease.