Having already received more exposure than he was looking for, the student - now graduated and working in Chicago - doesn't want to be identified. Made without his knowledge and sold over the Internet, the tape showed him nude in a men's locker room. He's one of 200 college athletes across the country who claim they were secretly and illegally recorded while they showered and dressed in their locker rooms.
But it's not just locker rooms. There are thousands of Web sites with "down shirt" and "up skirt" videos for sale. The growing presence of bathroom cams and changing room cams is enough to scare a person into never taking their clothes off again, and the Internet has provided the perfect, anonymous way for people to buy and sell smut.
|Scene from the videotape.|
The students, who attended well-known schools like Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan State, are outraged that unknown video producers are profiting at their exposed expense. They're suing the video companies for invasion of privacy, and also the Internet service providers for posting Web sites that sell the tapes.
Ironically, a law called the Communications Decency Act may protect those companies which provide access to the Internet.
"Under existing federal law, there really is no circumstance where the service provider would be responsible, and that's where I think the current law might go a little too far in providing immunity," said David Sobel, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
For now, the athletes would just like the Internet providers to shut down the Web sites and expose the shadowy producers, whom they say have gone way out of bounds to make money.