Wife Sues Husband Over Hidden Camera Snooping
Court battle raises privacy questions
By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff
How well do you really know your spouse? Are you completely sure he or she hasn’t been recording your every move with a hidden camera for months? Because that’s what Joseph Zang did to his wife, Catherine, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Catherine found out about the recordings during her 2009 divorce proceedings, and they sparked a huge complicated legal battle including almost a dozen friends and relatives caught on camera.
“I haven’t seen anything like this before,” says one of the plaintiffs. “It’s scary.” But privacy experts say that thanks to an explosion of cheap, high-quality surveillance equipment, this kind of spying is likely going on all over the country. “There’s absolutely been an increase in this,” says one lawyer. And because most surveillance laws were written in a pre-digital age, they’re often ill-equipped to handle the situation. It’s unclear, for instance, what laws Zang may have broken, given that the equipment was in his own home. No charges were filed, but Zang faces two federal lawsuits seeking damages.