Revenge Porn

Revenge porn is the unauthorized and malicious dissemination of intimate images, be they photographs or videos, on the internet. These images are often taken by consent, for example while someone is in a relationship, or may have been taken by the victim and sent to the publisher for their private viewing. At the end of this relationship, these images end up online without the consent of the victim.

There is much media coverage surrounding this matter, and the distress caused to victims is high. There have been several suicides citing revenge porn as the reason.

Legal implications
The publication of such intimate images, without the consent of the relevant person, is a misuse of private information. It would be hard to argue that the publisher’s right to freedom of expression or public interest outweighs the victims reasonable expectation of privacy.

The victim may be entitled to damages, as well an injunction to remove the image from publication.

What can be done?
In the first instance, we are able to write to your former partner and any other party who may have access to the images demanding they urgently remove the images, return these images, undertake not to further distribute these images and provide full details of anyone these images have been distributed to.

If the other party will not co-operate, we will seek an injunction against your former partner, website operators and any other parties.

There may also be implications in terms of copyright, breach of confidence, breach of the Data Protection Act and also harassment.

Criminal consequences?
It is important to note that this may also be a criminal matter. Revenge porn is a specific offence (under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015) and there are a number of offenses that may apply including protection from harassment, voyeurism or sending an offensive or threatening electronic communication. Therefore you should not hesitate to speak to the police who will investigate any crimes that may have been committed.

Please contact us today for a free no obligation telephone discussion by calling our London offices or by email: privacyprotection@curzongreen.co.uk