For more information on indecency laws for your state and territory, check out your state’s page on sexting on Lawstuff.It’s NEVER ok to photograph or record someone’s private parts or private activities without their knowledge or permission.It’s NEVER ok to take (or post/send/keep) an image of someone under 18: · showing their private parts (genitals, anus or breasts) for a sexual purpose; · posing in a sexual way; · doing a sexual act; or · in the presence of someone who is doing a sexual act or pose.This kind of image is called “child pornography” or “child exploitation material”, and is illegal even if the person in the image says it’s ok. If you’re under 18 and accused of taking (or having/sending) this kind of image, the law does offer you some protection—the federal police must get special permission before you can be found guilty of breaking national child pornography laws.Most states and territories have specific laws against taking photos or videos of this kind.
These places can make rules that ban people from photographing or recording any part of the space or the people within it (unless they can be seen from a public space).
Publishing an image like this could also be considered defamation.
Defamation happens when someone hurts another person’s reputation by spreading false or humiliating material about them.
Private activities normally include things like undressing, using the toilet, showering or bathing, or doing a sexual act in a place where a typical person would expect privacy.
The laws ban things like “upskirting” (snapping a photo up somebody’s skirt without their permission) and setting up cameras in changing rooms or bedrooms.Generally, you have a right to take photos and videos of public places and the people within them.