A person who peeps through a window, door, or other aperture of a building for the purpose of spying on people engaging in intimate activities, such as undressing or sexual acts. The term “peeping tom” may also include “video voyeurism,” which is where a person uses video or audio equipment to spy on people engaging in intimate activities.
- In California, the act of looking into private places in person or through the use of devices is a criminal offense.
- In Georgia and South Carolina, it is unlawful for any person to be a peeping tom.
- In the New York case Sawicka v. Catena, the court held that an employee was entitled to damages for emotional distress where an employer installed a video camera in a workplace restroom for the purpose of viewing the employees use the restroom.
[Last updated in July of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]