Upskirt is a slang term usually referring to up skirt photography, images of the view up a woman's skirt (as seen from underneath), including shots of a woman's underwear or crotch, or exposing her vulva or buttocks. Alternatively, an "upskirt" may be a video, an illustration, or simply a view.
Upskirt photographs are common on pornographic websites.
While upskirt images may be captured consensually, many viewers seek such images taken surreptitiously (and presumably without the subject's consent). The creation and viewing of this type of upskirt are a form of voyeurism. The advent of cell phones fitted with cameras (a.k.a. camera phones) is often credited for the surge in this type of photograph.
Many states in Australia have passed laws making it illegal to take upskirt photos in public places without the subject's consent.
In New Zealand it is illegal to take voyeuristic photos of intimate body parts in any setting in which a person has a "reasonable expectation of privacy". This includes public and private settings. It is also illegal to possess or distribute such images.
The UK has no specific ban on taking such photos but the activity could be prosecuted as voyeurism under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or as outraging public decency.
The United States enacted the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act of 2004 to punish those who intentionally capture an individual's private areas without consent, when the person knew the subject had an expectation of privacy. Additionally, many state laws address the issue as well.
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