Massachusetts legislators enacted a bill on Friday that makes photos or videos secretly taken under a person’s clothing -- or "upskirting" -- illegal.
The new bill comes days after a judge ruled that upskirting was not illegal based on the wording of existing state law, which the court determined didn't apply to the victims of upskirting because they weren't nude or partially nude.
That decision led to immediate calls to change the law. The state's district attorney issued a statement Wednesday saying, “Every person, male or female, has a right to privacy beneath his or her own clothing. If the statue as written doesn’t protect that privacy, then I’m urging the Legislature to act rapidly and adjust it so it does."
The Massachusetts state legislature responded and immediately got to work to update the law, with the senate passing the new bill pertaining to upskirting on Thursday. The bill was signed by the governor on Friday.