Taking voyeur photos only indictable upon complaint

The China Post news staff–Using mobile phones to secretly take pictures of others is an offense against privacy, but is indictable only upon complaint, according to police sources.

The sources said that if the victims fail to sue those who commit the illegal filming practice and if the sides can reach a settlement then the latter is not subject to criminal penalties.

In one case in Taichung a man was seen taking pictures of a girl under her skirt with a hidden camera. The man reached settlement terms with the girl, freeing him from any criminal penalties. Although the man took similar pictures of many other girls, he remained at large because no victims showed up to prove his criminal practices.

Police said that the man in the case would be only subject to fines for violating the Social Order Maintenance Act, if victims fail to file complaints against the violators or even reach a settlement with each other.