(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Include me as one of the many people who are probably unfamiliar with the practices of "upskirting" and "downblousing." Nonetheless, upskirting and downblousing are considered to be such significant public problems that some states have enacted laws to ban them. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed such a law last week.
The new act makes it illegal to take pictures of someone's "intimate parts" without their knowledge or approval in a place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. It expands the language of the law to include electronic devices like camera phones.
"I think it's a good piece of legislation," said state Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Koch, whose organization endorsed the law.
Pennsylvania joined more than a dozen other states in passing legislation to criminalize upskirting and downblousing. Both the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape supported it.
Apparently, innovations in technology have fostered a jump in the number of perverts taking surreptitious photographs of women's unmentionables. As a consequence, laws have been passed to stop the prurient pests.
Companion post at Interested-Participant.