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House approves bill cracking down on video voyeurs

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Tuesday approved legislation making it a crime to secretly photograph or videotape people. The bill would prohibit videotaping or photographing the naked or underwear-covered private parts of a person without consent when the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and would be punishable by a fine of $100,000 or imprisonment for up to one year.

Representative James Sensenbrenner said the issue had become "a huge privacy concern" with the miniaturization of technology and advancement of cell phone cameras. The Senate unanimously passed a similar bill in June 2003. The bill is S. 1301. AP has more.

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