Aug 022010
 
 August 2, 2010  Court, Featured News, Surveillance

Richard Weir reports:

It is by no stretch creepy, even downright offensive. Perhaps morally wrong. But when does snapping a picture of a woman’s cleavage on a subway cross the pervert-perp line and become criminal?

The recent case of a man wanted by Transit Police for such alleged lewd and lascivious conduct has stirred a debate that’s pitting victims rights advocates against civil rights lawyers, and raised another thorny question: When do you give up your privacy rights?

Transit Police weren’t completely sure when confronted with this issue last month. A woman aboard a Green Line trolley at Government Center on July 5 heard a camera clicking as she leaned over to pick up her bag, accidentally exposing her breasts.

When she spied the man who had apparently photographed her bustline admiring his photo, she took out her own camera and took his picture, which she later provided police along with the tip that she had seen him taking photos up the skirt of another woman.

Read more in the Boston Herald.

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