Multiple times, at least one of my neighbors and at least one of their friends recorded video and limited audio (via a smart phone and from their window, 5.5 ft away) of me masturbating to adult films on my computer. I did not intend for anyone to see me & did not realize I was being videotaped until a lot of time had passed on both occasions. I was intoxicated. I'm also very mentally ill. I was recorded through my blinds on one occasion and through a sheer curtain of drapery on another. In the 2nd incident, I told the person operating the camera device (this time, a woman) that I did not want to be recorded and that I did not know I could be seen. After recording these videos, my neighbors showed them to everyone they could. My twin brother and myself were continually harassed & threatened in the streets and near our houses. On one occasion, with children, the man who filmed the 1st video walked by my house and said, "We're jackin' off to you." When I would leave to walk somewhere or to ride my bicycle, another neighbor would call someone and relay my position to another party in efforts to track me, for, what I believe, was the purposes of assaulting/killing me. I'm not safe..
There are really two distinct issues here. The invasion of privacy and a possible crime being committed. The invasion of privacy is a civil case and a very hard one to explain and prove You have an expectation of privacy in your home, but it only extends so far depending on what a person can view from public or their own property.
The possible crimes they are committing are trespassing or stalking. My advice is to file a police complaint as tell them you feel unsafe because they are stalking you. The police may investigate and put those people on notice that they could be charged. But unless you can actually show this stalking behavior, the police will probably not pursue it but this would be your first step,
As for the privacy issue, install dark curtains or blinds and use common sense.
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If they trespassed on your property to peer through your curtains then there could be an invasion of your privacy. If they could clearly see you from their property without the aid of a zoom lens, then it will be harder for you to argue that you had a presumption of privacy.
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