Revenge porn is a terrible development. Many private photos are taken in a relationship, and many more are posted when the almost-inevitable breakup occurs.
In the U.S., state legislatures one by one are going after the sites that publicly post nude or pornographic images intending to harm the subject.
Germany is taking another tack: They're stopping revenge porn at the source.
A court in Germany has ruled that people must delete intimate images of their ex-partners after any breakup.
Basically, the court decision says that you can withdraw your consent for someone to own nude pictures of you at any time, and your right to do so trumps the creator’s rights of ownership over the material.
Of course, Germany doesn’t have explicit anti-revenge-porn laws, so if you don’t remember to insist that your ex scrub the evidence of your photographic exploits, you may not be protected if your saucy shots end up on the internet.
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