Walker signs bill targeting revenge porn

Computer mouse file photo.
Computer mouse file photo.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill creating a new crime for disseminating sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted.

Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir announced Tuesday that Walker has signed the bill.

The new law targets the practice of posting explicit images of people online as a way to embarrass them or cost them a job.

The new law makes it a misdemeanor to disseminate a nude picture without the subject’s consent, regardless of whether the subject granted permission to capture the image. The act would be punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.

Walker signed the bill and a number of others in private with only invited guests.

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