Websites focused on the involuntary publication of nude photos already had the attention of lawmakers in recent years, even before last month’s leak of stolen photos of various celebrities. Now the United Kingdom is ready to pass the first national law banning the practice, making it punishable by up to two years in jail.
“The fact that there are individuals who are cruelly distributing intimate pictures of their former partners without their consent is almost beyond belief,” said Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in a statement. “We want those who fall victim to this type of disgusting behavior to know that we are on their side and will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice.”
Grayling’s statement also notes that depending on circumstances, distribution of nude photos without a subject’s consent may already violate other British laws, including the Communications Act of 2003.
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