Senate committee approves cyber peeping bill

A US Senate committee has approved a bill making it illegal to broadcast Peeping Tom images on the internet, although it is...

A US Senate committee has approved a bill making it illegal to broadcast Peeping Tom images on the internet, although it is unlikely to affect most US residents.

The Video Voyeurism Prevention Act, which makes it a crime to capture an improper, naked or near-naked image of a person without their consent, covers such activity only in places where the US has special territorial and maritime jurisdiction, such as military bases or ships in US waters.

Last week, the bill was amended to make it illegal to broadcast such images over the internet.

Many states already have similar laws, but the bill is not intended to create a national law that overrides state laws. Instead, it extends protection against video voyeurism only to federally controlled lands and waters, and will not result in the FBI  tracking down Peeping Toms nationwide.

Grant Gross writes for IDG News Service

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