Protecting Your Right to Privacy; Demanding Accountability
Privacy has always been a concern. But with the rapid progression and proliferation of technology, electronics and the virtual world have created new frontiers where anything goes.
There are now countless very damaging ways to intrude on your privacy. This is the new “Wild West,” where your privacy can be exposed to the masses with embarrassing results. Overnight, the good reputation you have worked hard to build can be ruined. This is frequently done anonymously.
Intimate Acts Made Public
It is not uncommon for individuals in romantic relationships to exchange explicit pictures and videos, trusting the other party to keep these intimate moments private. But then that trust is broken – after an argument or a breakup, or for some other more nefarious purpose. Suddenly, there are naked pictures of someone exchanged in sex acts that become easily accessible online. Sometimes this occurs through the use of hidden cameras or spy cameras. Sometimes the release of these kinds of materials is called “revenge porn.”
Revenge Porn Can Have Devastating Consequences
There are many ways in which someone can egregiously violate your privacy. They may, for instance, target you if you have had sensitive photographs or video taken. They may steal naked pictures or videos of sex acts from your phone. But revenge porn can have criminal implications.
No matter how this occurs, it can leave the victim feeling embarrassed, confused, and angry. In some instances, it can cause him or her to lose their job. Fortunately, there are ways to hold the offender accountable and to rebuild what the victim has lost.
New Jersey does have a revenge porn law. In fact, it was the first state to pass such a law. Statute 2C:14-9(c) has been the law since 2004. In New Jersey, anyone who posts nude or sexual images of another person without that person’s consent has committed a crime. A conviction for invasion of privacy under this statute is a third-degree felony, and it can result in up to five years in jail.
An invasion of privacy can occur anytime someone makes a nonconsensual recording that shows another person’s “intimate parts,” or shows the other party engaged in a sex act without their consent. But even if the person shown consented to the recording itself, it is still a crime if the recording is posted with further consent to the disclosure. That is because the victim had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
If someone has violated your privacy, contact the Red Bank internet privacy lawyers at McOmber & McOmber, P.C for assistance. We pursue maximum compensation for victims of revenge porn and invasion of privacy. The invasion of your privacy can wreak havoc in your personal and business life. But you can fight back. We can help you to hold the offender accountable, and to help you recover financial compensation for your losses. We offer responsive, compassionate personal service, and powerful advocacy for your rights. We will build the strongest case possible to ensure the most desirable outcome.