Japan’s Lower House Votes To Outlaw ‘Revenge Porn’

Nov 18, 2014
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Japan’s lower house today passed a bill criminalising “revenge porn,” as it seeks a legal remedy to a growing problem of the Internet age.

The bill, which cleared the house unanimously, will be sent to the upper house and likely enacted tomorrow, in what could be one of the last duties of this parliament before an expected election next month.

Under the bill, people who distribute revenge porn — compromising pictures or videos of former partners — face up to three years in prison or a fine of up to 500,000 yen (RM14,375).

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The legislation was crafted following a high-profile stalking-murder case last year in Tokyo, in which a man harassed his former girlfriend by posting images of her online.

The bill allows Internet service providers to delete suspected revenge porn images without the uploader’s consent, if the images are still there two days after a complaint is made.

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