Court: Naked Have Right Not to Be Taped

Man argued that nude lover had no right to privacy from hidden camera
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2008 7:45 AM CST
A court has found against a man who said he didn't break any laws by secretly videotaping his girlfriend.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Shucking off your clothes in front of somebody doesn't strip you of your privacy rights, a Wisconsin court ruled yesterday. The court ruled against a man who claimed that because his then-girlfriend was often nude in front of him, it was legal for him to secretly videotape her with a hidden camera. The court found that the girlfriend had a reasonable expectation of privacy not to be videotaped, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

"By placing limits on the ability of others to record, the statute protects a person's interest in limiting the viewing of his or her nude body," the ruling reads. The decision is expected to set a precedent for another case involving a man who secretly videotaped himself having sex with women and could have ramifications for similar suits in the nation.