The show Big Brother, tapes several people who live together in a house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Big Brother recently concluded with Hayden Moss winning a prize of $500,000. It’s interesting how this voyeurism is completely accepted in almost every country (Big Brother exists in most countries). However, the idea of our every move being taped is an incredibly scary idea for most of us.

Every now and then, there is a story that involves someone being taped without their knowledge (usually in a state of undress). It is usually a landlord who installs a shower camera, a person who sets up a video camera in a bedroom or a hacked webcam. Most notably, there was a “peephole” video of Erin Andrews in a hotel room. Erin was taped, without her knowledge; by someone who had video taped her through the hotel peephole. Michael Barret plead guilty and was sentenced to 2 ½ years of prison.

Erin Andrews
So here we have two very different examples, one in which taping someone is perfectly acceptable, and possibly something people may aspire to participate in, and on the other hand, a clear invasion of privacy. What about taping someone who is outside walking their dog? Is that wrong even though they are out in public? Creepy, sure, but taping something going on in public is probably allowed. What about taping someone doing something in their house, but you are outside looking at their window? You can see how this could become a bit of a tricky situation for a court to handle, at what point does taping someone cross the line? In fact, that line can change depending on whether that person is a private or public figure (think ordinary citizen versus a celebrity). This is further complicated by the fact that these videos are usually put out on the internet (usually via youtube) for millions to watch.

So what do you think, should people be able to videotape anything that they can see or should they only be able to videotape their own events?