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UK could ban revenge porn

Taking a note out of Australia’s book, the UK could be soon set to make revenge pornography, the practice of uploading sexually explicit images of someone (usually an ex-partner) to the internet without their consent, illegal.

This news comes from the British justice secretary, Chris Grayling, who said that the government was open to having a discussion on whether the practice should remain off the law books or if a stronger stance should be taken. Such a talk could take place sometime after parliament’s summer recess.

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According to the Guardian, Grayling isn’t the first to call for a discussion on revenge porn, with both a former culture secretary and the Liberal Democrats expressing their concern over the practice and its current legal status.

Revenge Porn has become a growing phenomenon in recent years, most notably brought to the attention of the public by IsAnyoneUp founder Hunter Moore, who famously sold the site to an anti-bullying group but was arrested earlier this year on hacking charges after it was discovered that he paid a hacker to social engineer his way into women’s email accounts in order to steal nude images.

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KitGuru Says: Even with laws on the books, dealing with this sort of thing is still difficult, as its often dependent on who uploaded the image. If you took the picture, chances are you own the copyright, regardless of its content. Perhaps selfies do have some benefit after all?

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