Solons want to criminalize invasion of privacy

July 29, 2013 10:59 am 

MANILA, July 29 — Lawmakers have authored a bill penalizing unscrupulous photographers and videographers who trespass properties to capture images or other reproductions of people’s private lives for commercial purposes.

In filing House Bill 1390, Reps. Diosdado Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga), said some people take the act of trespassing to a whole new and different level by utilizing available high-tech gadgets with very intrusive modern visual or auditory enhancement devices, such as powerful telephoto lenses and hyperbolic microphones that enable invasion of private properties.

“Due to these developments, harassment and trespassing threaten not only public persons and their families, but also private persons and their families whose personal tragedies or circumstances beyond their control create media interest,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said the Constitution mandates the maintenance of peace and order, the protection of life, liberty and property and the promotion of general welfare.

“With this bill, adequate protection will be given to individuals, be they public or private, from personal intrusion for commercial purposes and also against intrusions on their privacy due to activities undertaken in connection with the reproduction and broadcast of their private activities,” Arroyo said.

Any act of intrusion that causes death shall be penalized with reclusion temporal and a fine of P50,000. If such act results in serious body injury, the penalty shall be prision mayor and a fine of P20,000. If the act of intrusion causes neither death nor body injury, the penalty shall be arresto mayor and a fine of P1,000. (PNA)



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