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Revenge porn is the unauthorized and malicious dissemination of intimate images, be they photographs or videos, on the internet. These images are often taken with the subjects consent, for example while they are in a relationship with the publisher, 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
At a civil level, this publication of these images 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 therefore be entitled to damages, as well as seek an injunction to procure the removal of these image.

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 requiring them to 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. While there is no specific offence covering revenge porn, 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 speak to the police who will investigate any crimes that may have been committed.

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