Wednesday, December 15, 2004
CNN.com reports that in one of its last acts of 2004, Congress passed a bill that criminalizes the act of using camera phones to sneak photos of others in various stages of undress. The bill, which President Bush is expected to sign, would make it a crime to videotape or photograph the naked or underwear-covered private parts of a person without consent when the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Conviction could lead to a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
While camera phone voyeurism probably won't be high on the list of federal crimes the FBI and other federal agencies pursue, "at least in theory there is now federal protection available so people can't unknowingly have their private parts photographed, downloaded and transmitted around the world," said Hanan B. Kolko, a New York civil liberties lawyer. For the full story, click here. [Mark Godsey]