Woman sues Rogers for exposing her affair through phone bill
Nagy claims a unilateral decision by Rogers to consolidate her household’s bills allowed her husband to discover she was having an affair. That, she says, led to the “destruction” of her marriage.
She is suing the telecommunications giant for $600,000, claiming invasion of privacy and breach of contract. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Okay, so I know it's really hard to drum up much sympathy for her. Perhaps it's poetic justice, etc. But even if the issue wasn't an affair, I'd be really pissed off if my cell phone bill was suddenly "consolidated" with other household bills.
People don't necessarily just live with spouses. They also live with parents and adult children and roommates. There could be all sorts of reasons that you want your cell phone bills to remain private from other people in the house. Maybe you like to call a 1-900 number. Maybe you are dating someone that you don't want your parents or siblings to know about. Maybe you receive collect calls from someone in jail. Or from your birth parents and you don't want your adoptive parents to know. Or maybe you're NOT having an affair but you are friends with someone that your overly-jealous spouse THINKS you're having an affair with, so you only communicate over your cell phone. Or maybe you're having an affair and you really don't want your spouse to find out, because you're not ready to leave yet and things just aren't happening as neatly and tidily as they're supposed to. Who knows?
Or maybe you're living with an abuser and your only lifeline is your cell phone, and your abusive spouse suddenly either a) realizes you have a cell phone when the bills get consolidated, or b) realizes you're calling unfamiliar numbers, perhaps for help. Guess you're fucked now, right? Thanks, Rogers!
The point is, privacy is privacy. Cell phones are private, and should be billed separately unless requested otherwise by the customer.