Friday, October 01, 2010
In a world where technology advances in audio/visual communications are happening daily, we have INVASION OF PRIVACY.
This week's headline is the case of the Rutgers student who committed suicide after an intimate encounter with another student was shown on the Internet, by his roommate. . Prosecutors say that, Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi used a webcam to surreptitiously transmit a live image of Clementi having sex and that Ravi tried to webcast a second encounter, the day before Clementi's suicide. New Jersey's invasion of privacy statutes make it a crime "to collect or view images depicting nudity or sexual contact involving another individual without that person's consent." It's a separate crime to transmit or distribute those images. The penalty can include a prison term of up to five years. If the hate crime enhancement were applied, it would raise the maximum penalty to 10 years.
Invasion of Privacy is defined as: The wrongful intrusion into a person's private activities by other individuals or by the government. Tort law protects one's private affairs with which the public has no concern against unwarranted exploitation or publicity that causes mental suffering or humiliation to the average person. Some catagories of invasion of privacy are public disclosure of a private persons affairs, intrusion of solitude, appropriation of a persons name or likeness and talk about a person which cast a false light on them.
Now…There are a lot of morally challenged people looking to ‘entertain’ others by transmitting images of unsuspecting victims. So where does it stop. They can film you almost anywhere and post it on the web in seconds. They can put any caption they want. And they can be hard to trace back. If you’re in a locker room, do you know for sure that the person on the phone is talking or are they uploading a video to youtube.com. If you are in a locker room shared with others, is it considered Invasion of Privacy? And for these idiots, as usual, a favorite target are people who don’t fit society’s norm…the OBESE.
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING….
Who knew it would turn out to be some idiot nearby.
I wonder what Dharun Ravi thinks about Invasion of Privacy now.