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Aldermen propose ban of "upskirt" photos

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:02 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – Two Chicago aldermen want to crack down on so called "up the skirt" photos in the city.

Aldermen Latasha Thomas and Edward Burke introduced the proposal Wednesday. It would ban recording or taking pictures under or through a person's clothing without consent. Violators would face fines up to $500 for each offense.

The alderman say the proposal comes after confusion over "Peeping Tom" laws in Massachusetts, where the court ruled a man who took pictures up skirts worn by women didn't violate the law.

Thomas says Chicago's ordinance would ensure the privacy rights of women are respected.

In 2004, the city passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of cellphone cameras in private areas such as changing rooms, bathrooms, and hospitals.

The latest proposal moves to a city committee for consideration.

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