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U of M Officials Monitoring Privacy Violations on Campus

Updated: 09/04/2014 10:14 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 7:25 PM KSTP.com
By: Josh Rosenthal

Someone is taking suggestive pictures of unsuspecting women on the University of Minnesota campus and posting them online.

The women are clothed but bending over or sitting awkwardly, and they don't appear to know they're being photographed.

School officials say they aren't exactly sure how many pictures are out there, but they are monitoring the situation.

Officials also released a statement, which says in part, "actions of this kind have no place on our campus. We all deserve to be in public and go about our daily lives without having to feel vulnerable or intimidated."

Students on campus say they feel the same.

"I find that disturbing," said Danielle Selbitschka. "I mean, it could be anyone. It could've been me. Don't really want that to happen on campus."

Hamline University Law Professor David Larson says the person taking the pictures probably could not be charged criminally. However, one of the victims could choose to file a civil suit.

"We ask the question, would this be viewed by a reasonable person as something that would be offensive or a violation of their privacy interest," Larson explained. "I think for many people they'd say that, yes, this is a violation of my privacy."

School officials also said that any students who have been impacted are encouraged to contact the University's Aurora Center for support.


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