Here in Florida and across the county, the law still lags behind technology in terms of protecting privacy and preventing voyeurism. Because technology moves so quickly, it’s been challenging for laws to keep up. The recent incident at Rutgers University, in which a freshman committed suicide after his roommate and another student allegedly used a webcam to broadcast his sexual activities with another man, demonstrates these unfortunate realities.
The students involved in the Rutgers case have been charged with violation of privacy, which has up to a five-year prison sentence. There may be other charges that could apply to the case as well.
Florida law states that someone who uses a camera to violate another person’s privacy can be charged with video voyeurism, which is a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of up to a year in jail. However, repeat convictions bump the charges up to a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Source: Rutgers University case highlights how advancing technology can easily be misused, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 4, 2010
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