The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has found that setting up auto-forwarding to receive copies of another person’s incoming emails is a violation of the federal Wiretap Act.  In Zaratzian v. Abadir, the court granted the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of whether her ex-husband, Adel Ramsey Abadir, committed an illegal "interception" by auto-forwarding her emails to his account without her permission after their divorce.  The court assumed (without deciding) that an interception must be contemporaneous with the transmission of a communication in order to violate the Wiretap Act.  But it determined that auto-forwarding an email constituted an interception because copies of the emails were made and forwarded "’within a second of each message’s arrival and assembly.’"