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      New law aims to make sharing 'revenge porn' illegal

      Be careful before you send a sexually explicit picture of someone. New legislation would make non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs, also known as 'revenge porn' illegal.

      State Senator Joe Griffo (R, Rome) is proposing the new law to protect people from having sexually compromising pictures of themselves released. "This so-called phenomena of 'cyber-revenge,' is a tawdry form of exploitation," Senator Griffo said. "From what we know, the majority of its victims are women who don't know that their images and likenesses has been bartered and sold over the internet."

      Under current state law, there is not much recourse when when pictures taken without your consent are posted online. You would have to enlist a lawyer and threaten to sue the person responsible for sharing the photo or the website hosting them for invasion of privacy.

      New York's current distribution of unlawful surveillance law only governs photographs taken without the subject's consent. This bill would cover consensual photographs with the expectation of privacy which are later shared publically.

      If approved, the law would make it a class A misdemeanor to release a sexually explicit image without the person's consent. If convicted, the person could face a $30,000 fine.