The Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would make it a felony to post nude photos of your ex online unless you first get his or her written permission.
Which is bound to be tricky.
About 10 percent of broken romances end with nude-photo threats, according to this year’s Love, Relationships and Technology survey done by McAfee, an Internet security company. And 60 percent of those threats are carried out.
About 14 percent of the nude postings were the result of canceled wedding plans, the survey found. And more men are threatened with the nude postings than women; and women are more likely to carry out the threats than men, the survey said.
“The survey also revealed that slightly more people (48 percent) track their ex-partner on Facebook more than they do their current partner (44 percent),” McAfee reported.
And many people use their smartphones to transmit revealing photos of themselves, especially on Valentine’s Day, the survey found. And about one out of every three breakups end with a partner asking the other to delete the intimate photos.
In Florida, it’s currently not a crime to post a nude photo of another adult online, unless that photo becomes an element to an extortion or stalking case.
The proposed bill attempts to curb online acts of broken-hearted vengeance by making it a felony to post a nude photo of your ex on a Website or a social networking service “without first obtaining the depicted person’s written consent.”
The only time that written permission isn’t necessary is when the nude person being photographed is in public “and a lack of objection to the photography or videotaping could reasonably be implied by the victim’s conduct.”
(I guess when people at nudist camps break up, they post clothed photos of each other to get revenge.)
The bill doesn’t provide guidance on how one goes about getting written consent from an ex to post nude photos of that person. Seems like there ought to be a standardized form to guide a person through this sensitive matter.
So I’ve created an Online Nude Photo Consent Form template that can be used if this bill gets passed.
I hope you are as happy as I am in our new and separate lives. Please give my regards to ______. Whenever I see two people ______ I think of you both and it makes me want to ______.
But enough chit-chat. The purpose of my contacting you is to ask for permission to post nude photos of you on Facebook, and perhaps to tweet a few out to your co-workers.
Don’t worry, I won’t use that photo from ______ when you were ______ upside down on the ______. Or that one when we were ______ in the ______ and the ______ snapped.
I’m not even sure you were actually even “nude” then, considering that only ______ of your ______ was in focus.
If you have some favorite photos of yourself you’d like me to post, please let me know. There are certainly a lot of photos to choose from.
Especially from that vacation we took to ______ when you wore that ______ to the ______ and we had all that wine and ended up ______ back at the hotel.
I realize asking for permission is unorthodox. But Florida law compels me to get your written permission before I post them, — You’re gonna love the captions! — and I think it’s only fair that you consider my request.
Especially after what I went through after finding out that you were ______ with ______ when I thought you were ______ with your dog.