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Griffo co-sponsors bill to make 'revenge porn' a crime

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - State Sen. Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein have introduced legislation that would criminalize the nonconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs.

New York's current unlawful surveillance law only covers photos taken without another's consent. The new law would include photos that are snapped consensually, but with the expectation of privacy, such as photos exchanged as part of an intimate relationship. The law would make it a crime to distribute the photos publicly, such as to other people or on the Internet, without the subject of the photo's consent.

The legislation would make the disclosure a Class A misdemeanor subject to a $30,000 fine. The bill is written to not infringe on First Amendment rights and provides exceptions for lawful and common practices of law enforcement.

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