Bill vs personal intrusion pushed

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Friday, August 22, 2014

A BILL seeking to penalize photographers and videographers who intrude on people's privacy for profit or commercial purposes was approved on second reading.

House Bill 4807 seeks to curb acts of trespassing and other intrusions on personal privacy committed by any person in order to capture visual or sound impressions of an individual with intent to gain or profit.

House committee on public information chairperson Jorge Almonte said the privacy of individuals and their families has been violated by persons who trespass through intrusive modern visual or auditory enhancement devices, such as powerful telephoto lenses and hyperbolic microphones.


"Harassment and trespassing threaten public and private persons and their families whom personal circumstances beyond their control create media interest," Rodriguez said.

HB 4807 or the proposed Protection Against Personal Intrusion Act, shall promote and protect the personal privacy of every person by preventing intrusion for commercial purposes, and enjoining everyone to respect the dignity, personality, privacy and peace of mind of every person.

It is stated in the bill that it is unlawful to capture, or to trespass on private property in order to capture, any type of visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of any individual, personal or family activity for commercial purposes and even if no physical trespass has occurred.

The measure also allows the person whose visual image or auditory impression has been captured to file a civil action or proceeding to obtain any appropriate relief including compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive of declaratory relief. (Sunnex)

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