published Monday, March 10th, 2014

GA Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports lawmakers voted unanimously to pass the bill today. A Senate committee made some changes to the proposed legislation and it must now be reapproved in the House for final passage.

The types of photos lawmakers are looking to put restrictions on typically include identifying information about the subject of the attack. The proposed law would make posting revenge porn a misdemeanor and repeat offenders would face felony charges punishable by up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Lawmakers in several other states including Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have considered implementing similar laws this year.

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