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Distributing explicit cellphone images could face stiffer penalties


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Modern communications tools have been misused at times, and an area lawmaker wants to have some acts criminalized.

It’s called the Individual Privacy Protection Act, and was drafted by Representative John Spiros. If passed into law, it would criminalize non-consensual distribution of explicit images and videos on the Internet.

Spiros says, “Times have changed,” and “The proliferation of cellphones with cameras and video capabilities makes this legislation pertinent to protect a generation who are a point and click away from having private moments made public.”

Victims of these incidents have faced discrimination at work, been forced to change their names, and some have even committed suicide.

Spiros is getting bipartisan support for the bill, which is expected to have a hearing later this fall.