Posting nude photos and videos could cost you some jail time

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 14:33:56-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Senate lawmakers unanimously passed a bill that would prohibit posting nude and intimate pictures and videos of someone on the web.

Your Facebook, your Twitter, and Instagram are all open for the world to see.

"For free people are able to basically tell the world their own thoughts and post outrageous comments or pictures of another person," said Senator David Simmons.

But that could all change if his bill is passed. Senator Simmons said this type of behavior harms the reputations of minors and adults by blasting their private business across the web

Senate bill 946 prohibits any person from posting nude and intimate pictures, videos and their personal information on websites without their "written" consent.

"If a person expected nude photos to be kept private , they were intended to be kept private," said Simmons.

Simmons said the bill is aimed to protect minors who sometimes make mistakes and engage in this activity and ultimately don't think about the consequences.

Opposers of the measure said minors are aware of what they're doing.

"This is done all the time whether its right or wrong or not, as a matter of fact teens joke about it and you have to say when is it harassment. At some point if they're joking about it and how will you enforce it," asked Brian Pitts. Simmons said the answer to that is enforcing tough penalties.

People who commit the crime could face second to third degree felonies. For example, if an adult commits this crime towards another adult they face a third degree felony. If a minor is involved the adult would receive a second degree felony.

Simmons that should be enough to stop the growing problem.