Upskirt photos aren’t illegal, court rules

Massachusetts’ highest court has declared that it’s not illegal to take photographs up the skirts of women in public — so-called “upskirt” photos — sparking calls for new legislation to explicitly outlaw the practice. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court said that a man who took photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law, because the women he photographed could not be considered nude or partially nude. As NBC News reports, the state’s Peeping Tom laws apply to people photographed in dressing rooms or bathrooms, but they do not protect clothed people in public areas.

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