Thursday, September 30, 2010

By now you’ve probably heard about Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student whose roommate secretly videotaped him having sex with another man and posted it on the Internet. Clementi subsequently killed himself.

It seems that the most serious charge the roommate will face is invasion of privacy.

Which got me to thinking: Why aren’t there invasion-of-privacy registers, just like there are sexual-offender registries? People convicted of invasion of privacy would forever be barred from being employed in any capacity that would require them to handle personal, private, or sensitive information. They couldn’t work in retail stores, for example, since they wouldn’t be permitted to process credit card transactions.

This seems an appropriate punishment for someone who has egregiously violated another person’s privacy, as appears to be the case in the Rutgers incident.