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Revenge Porn Law Takes Effect In Texas

Even if the website or hosting company is based overseas, if it does business in Texas, the state can go after them.

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State Senator Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston
One of the new Texas laws now in effect is the Relationship Privacy Act, which is designed to help stop so-called “revenge porn” on the internet. The bill enjoyed bi-partisan support in the recent legislative session.

“Revenge porn” refers to the posting of intimate images or information on internet sites with the intent to harm the depicted person. The new Texas law, which took effect on September 1st, provides criminal and civil penalties.

State Senator Sylvia Garcia from Houston says until now the only remedies have been in civil courts.

“It goes after the person who violates the privacy, (and) puts the photo without permission on the internet, and that person can now be charged criminally — a class A misdemeanor. You could do some jail time.”

The law does more than just going after those who upload the photos.

“It’s a tool that can be used not only against the person who put on the photo, but also the companies that host these despicable pictures on the Internet. And then what they do is charge the victim for removing it from the Internet.”

Even then, it’s hard to completely eliminate the circulation of those photos or private information.

“You put things on the Internet, it’s not as easy as just deleting like we do on Facebook. I mean, once things go on the internet, it’s really hard to bring it down.”

Senator Garcia says even if the website or hosting company is based overseas, if it does business in Texas, the state can go after them.

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