One year after signing California’s ban on so-called “revenge porn,” Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding on the bill to include “selfies,” his office announced Tuesday.
Existing law makes it a misdemeanor to post private, graphic pictures or footage of someone online with the intention of humiliating them.
Senate Bill 1255, by Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, expands the prohibition to include sexually explicit images that are meant to be private, regardless who created the image.
Cannella’s office called the bill the “Revenge Porn 2.0 Act.”
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Brown also signed Assembly Bill 2643, by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, that permits a person whose sexually explicit image is posted online without his or her consent to bring a civil action against the person posting the image.
Wieckowski said in a prepared statement that “this type of cyber retaliation is an increasingly common tactic used to humiliate and harass victims, especially women. This legislation attacks this reprehensible behavior by creating a clear path for a civil remedy.”
The Democratic governor signed the measures without comment. They are among several Brown announced action on Tuesday, as he works to meet a midnight deadline to act on bills passed by lawmakers during the final days of the 2013-14 session.
Among other measures, Brown signed Senate Bill 1019, which requires upholstered furniture to include a label indicating whether it has added flame retardant chemicals.
The bill’s author, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said in a prepared statement that Brown’s approval of the bill “is a huge victory for California consumers who have long demanded the right to know what chemicals are in the furniture they purchase for their homes and families.”