Revenge porn law could make it a federal crime to post explicit photos without permission

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Dec 04, 2017

    Chris Morris writes, "Revenge porn — the practice of posting intimate or explicit photos or video of someone, usually on the Internet, without their consent — has been long frowned upon, but has often been protected by legal loopholes. That could be changing soon, though, as a new Senate proposal would make it a federal crime.

    The bill, Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, has bipartisan support as well as the backing of big tech companies including Facebook and Twitter.

    'Perpetrators of exploitation who seek to humiliate and shame their victims must be held accountable,' Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) said in a press release. 'It is long past time for the federal government to take action to give law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on these crimes.'

    While it does establish the practice as a criminally liable act, the bill puts the burden of proof somewhat on the victim, in that there would need to be proof that the person who posted the pictures knew the subject of them would expect them to remain private — and that sharing them would harm the victim."

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    Released: December 4, 2017, 9:07 am
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