Woman who filmed man masturbating on train could face fine of £40,000 for infringing his privacy – The Sun

A TRAIN passenger who filmed a man who was masturbating while looking directly at her could be fined £40,000 for invading his privacy.

Natacha Bras, 37, claims the alleged pervert moved seat to sit close to her before performing the sex act on the journey from Paris to Poitiers.


She alleges that the man began masturbating while making eye contact with her – an ordeal which lasted for most of the 75-minute journey.

The distressed French woman posted the video online, which has since gone viral, without blurring the man's face.

Now Ms Bras, vice-president of MoiAussiAmnesie which supports victims of sexual assault, has revealed she could face a bigger punishment than the man.

France has strict privacy laws which make it illegal to publish information about a person's private life without their consent.

I thought it might be my only way to defend myself

She captioned the footage: "Paris> Poitiers by TGV (about 1h15) with a guy who changes places and sits in front of me, looks at me and masturbates … there's still work!

"No reason not to display it so I put the video here!"

Ms Bras also claims that the man followed her to the bathroom, insisting she filmed him because she was worried about her safety.

She wrote: "I thought it might be my only way to defend myself."

According to French magazine L'Obs, the perpetrator could be jailed for up to one year and receive a fine of £13,000.

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However, Ms Bras revealed that she could be jailed and fined £40,000 for breaching the man's privacy because she did not ask for his consent to be filmed.

She tweeted: "I can be sentenced to a heavier penalty.

"Do you think it is acceptable?"

The rail operator SNCF replied apologising for the "difficult conditions" and advised her to report such incidents to authorities.

 


France's privacy laws explained

  • France has strict privacy laws which make it illegal to publish information about a person's private life without their consent.
  • The country adopted a data privacy law in 1978 which applies to public and private organisations.
  • The law forbids the gathering of sensitive information about a person including their sexuality as well as their political or relgious beliefs.
  • In January, France’s data protection watchdog fined Alphabet’s Google €50m for breaching European Union online privacy rules, the biggest such penalty levied against a US tech giant.
  • The French regulator said the world’s biggest search engine lacked transparency and clarity in the way it informs users about its handling of personal data and failed to properly obtain their consent for personalised ads.

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