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Oregon “Cameras Up Skirts” Bill: 2015 HB 2596 (amending ORS 163.700)

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Oregon 2015 House Bill (HB) 2596: “Provides that person who records another person’s intimate areas commits crime of invasion of personal privacy.

(Note: See also HB 2356, which “Provides that person who records another person’s intimate areas commits crime of invasion of personal privacy. Increases penalty for crime of invasion of personal privacy if defendant has certain prior convictions or person recorded is under 18 years of age.”)

I’m not sure how a mere mortal would find these bill numbers very efficiently, so here are a few keywords: intimate image, visual recording, undergarments, clothing, photographs, etc. Read on about HB 2596:

“ORS 163.700 is amended to read:

“Provides that person who records another person’s intimate areas commits crime of invasion of personal privacy.

Creates crime of unlawful dissemination of an intimate image. Punishes by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both for first offense, and five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both for subsequent offense.

(c) The person knowingly makes or records a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording of another person’s intimate areas without the consent of the person being recorded.
(2) As used in this section:
(a) “Intimate areas” means undergarments that are being worn by a person, are covered by clothing and are intended to be protected from being seen….” Read the full bill and any legislative history and budget impact reports that are generated….

Tip: Bills are rewritten during the legislative process. Sometimes multiple bills on a single topic are introduced in a legislative session.

And don’t forget to search for Senate bills on this subject, e.g. SB 188: Creates crime of unlawful dissemination of intimate image

Use OLIS to track current and previous Oregon Legislation. We like OLIS a lot (but really, really wish it went back further than 2007)!

If you’ve made it this far, here’s a link to the  Wikipedia article “Upskirting and Downblousing Around the World”