Bill targets 'revenge porn' in Idaho

Bill targets 'revenge porn' in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- More and more states are taking legal aim at so-called revenge porn on the internet and Rep. Luke Malek, a Coeur d'Alene Republican, says Idaho should join their ranks.

It's called revenge porn because people are using specific websites to post sexually explicit photos or videos of other people, usually of former romantic partners, without their permission.

"The problem is pictures are being used to extort people, to humiliate people," Rep. Malek told KBOI News. "They're being used as revenge."

Malek, a former prosecutor, is sponsoring a bill that would make revenge porn a felony in Idaho. The bill is headed for a hearing in the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee.

Malek says the bill would add specific wording to the current anti-voyeurism law, which targets those who surreptitiously film people in bathrooms or shoot pictures up women's skirts.

But that law was passed in 2004 and Malek says it needs to be updated.

With revenge porn, people even hack into e-mail accounts and steal explicit personal pictures, post them on-line, then demand money to have the photos taken down.

"It's blackmail," said Rep. Malek.

California and New Jersey have passed laws punishing those who post the materials, and similar proposals have been introduced or announced in at least half a dozen other states in the last year.