Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Ron Dancer expanding the crime of invasion of privacy to include the practice of “upskirting” earned the approval of the Judiciary Committee. Dancer’s legislation (A-156) protects against photographing or videotaping a person’s undergarments or private areas without their knowledge and approval.
“Modern technology has enabled a new breed of high-tech perpetrators, ‘Electronic Peeping Toms,’ who are invading the privacy of women as they commute to the office or go about their daily business,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Middlesex. “This bill makes it a crime to record these images or distribute them on the Internet. It is an invasion of privacy that violates every standard of common decency.”
This bill makes it a fourth degree crime to photograph or record a person’s undergarment-clad intimate parts. Sharing or disclosing the images on the Internet or elsewhere is a third degree crime under the bill.