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Jamaica: Peeping Tom Landlords To Be Punished

Landlords who utilise technological devices such as cameras to spy on their tenants or invade their privacy could soon face sanctions when the Cybercrimes Act is amended.

Director of legal reform in the Ministry of Justice, Maurice Bailey, told members of a joint select committee examining the sexual harassment bill yesterday that spying on tenants in other jurisdictions was a serious criminal offence.

He said that the Cybercrimes Act was now being reviewed and part of the concerns to be addressed include using technology to invade the privacy of tenants.

His remarks come against the background of recommendations made by director of the Rent Assessment Unit, Shenese Headlam, to strengthen the proposed sexual harassment law.

Headlam told members of the committee that her unit had received reports from tenants who had been sexually harassed in various ways by their landlords.

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