Latest in Gear

Image credit: Cherlynn Low/Engadget

'Upskirting' is now a crime in the UK

Creeps can face up to two years in prison.
338 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Cherlynn Low/Engadget

After some setbacks, the UK's bill forbidding "upskirting" has become law. The Voyeurism Act takes effect in April and gives creeps up to two years in prison if they take photos under a person's clothing without consent for the sake of "sexual gratification or to "cause humiliation, distress or alarm." The most egregious perpetrators will also find themselves on the sex offenders register. Summary convictions can involve a year in prison, a fine or both.

Victims are also entitled to some automatic protections, such as keeping their names out of the press.

Upskirt photos have been prosecuted before as Outraging Public Decency offenses, and they were already specific crimes in Scotland. There were some instances where they weren't necessarily illegal, however. The Voyeurism Act is meant to both cover that gap and send a message to would-be perpetrators. Although there's no guarantee this will deter criminals (that may depend on real-world sentencing), it should ensure they face at least some form of punishment.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
338 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best smart home sensors for Alexa

The best smart home sensors for Alexa

View
Runkeeper drops its Wear OS app due to a 'buggy experience'

Runkeeper drops its Wear OS app due to a 'buggy experience'

View
Drako's GTE electric supercar will be a four-motor, 1,200HP monster

Drako's GTE electric supercar will be a four-motor, 1,200HP monster

View
Nintendo says there is no Switch exchange program

Nintendo says there is no Switch exchange program

View
IKEA creates a business unit devoted to smart home tech

IKEA creates a business unit devoted to smart home tech

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr