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Proposed Florida Law Would Make Publishing Revenge Porn Without Victim’s Consent a Third-Degree Felony

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Though revenge porn–the practice of posting pornographic photos of someone without their consent–still largely exists within a legal grey area, lawyers, hackers and victim’s rights advocates are working hard to find ways to prosecute those who disseminate it. New Jersey now has a law on the books that makes distribution of revenge porn a third degree crime, which can net you three to five years in jail. Now, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has proposed a bill to the Florida state legislature that would make it a third-degree felony to publish revenge porn in Florida. Read More

Going Mobile

‘Designated Texter’ Campaign Launches for Those Physically Incapable of Not Texting While Driving

(Photo: Mike Luckovich/Frugal Cafe)

Do you enjoy rolling the window down while driving to catch the breeze in your hair? Hooking your iPhone up to the car stereo so you can enjoy the complex musical stylings of 2 Chainz? What about prioritizing sending a text message over other people’s safety?

If so, you’re in luck: the “designated texter” campaign, launched in Florida, could help you send your undoubtedly very important text and not accidentally kill anybody in a car accident. It’s a win/win! Read More

Law and Order

Verizon Is in Your Sexts, Stealing Your Nudes

Can you hear me now? (Photo: Naples News)

While waiting for your data to transfer from an old cell phone to a new one, who hasn’t experienced that flash of fear that the Verizon employee doing the transfer will sneak a peek at your text messages? (You really should come up with a better code word for weed than “green.”) Still, most of us believe that they can’t really get into that much trouble while you’re standing there watching them…right? Read More

Florida!

Florida Gators Implicated as Not Just SEC Villains, but Possibly Rank Music Theives

Gross. (Photo: flickr.com/Chris Breeze)

Everyone knows that America’s youths just love pirating music. However, as in all things, there must be a winner, someone whose devotion goes above and beyond, a town that pulls together to reach number one. And so–drum roll, please!–CNET has a list of the metro areas with the most offenders per capita. Taking home the crown?

Gainesville, Florida, the home of the University of Florida. Surprise, surprise.*

As CNET notes, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out who the culprit is here:  Read More