The Law Reform Commission of Ireland has published a Report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety
that recommends the enactment of 2 new criminal offences to deal with posting online of intimate images without consent:
"The first is to deal with the intentional victim-shaming behaviour of
posting intimate images without consent, often done after a
relationship has broken down (so-called 'revenge porn'). The second new
offence also deals with posting intimate photos or videos and is to deal
with a new type of voyeurism, often called 'upskirting' or 'down-blousing'.
"The Report also recommends reforms of
the existing offence of harassment, to ensure that it includes online
activity such as posting fake social media profiles; and that there
should be a separate offence of stalking, which is really an aggravated
form of harassment."
"The Report also recommends reform of
the existing offence of sending threatening and intimidating messages,
again to ensure that it fully captures the most serious types of online
intimidation." [from the press release]
The report also looks at how jurisdictions such as Scotland, England and Wales, and Northern Ireland deal with offences like cyber-stalking.
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