MPs call for new rules to stamp out revenge porn, speed up legal procedures
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MPs call for new rules to stamp out revenge porn, speed up legal procedures

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SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – People who are the victims of sexting, revenge porn and hidden cameras should get better protection in law and super-fast legal proceedings should be introduced to remove footage from websites, according to VVD parliamentarian Sven Koopmans.

Koopmans is planning to bring in draft legislation to regulate both protection for victims and to streamline procedures to have footage removed from the internet as quickly as possible.

‘We cannot prevent it happening, but we can make it clear that such breaches of privacy will be heavily punished,’ he told broadcaster NOS. ‘I hope that this will have a preventative effect.’

In addition, Koopmans wants to make it easier to start legal proceedings against people who place illegally-obtained footage online. Koopmans referred to the case of Nikki Lee Janssen, who found herself all over the internet after a hacker stole a film she had sent to her boyfriend via Dropbox.

‘When they were placed on Dumpert – the video site operated by the GeenStijl shock blog – she asked them to be taken down,’ Koopmans said. ‘But that only happened after a million people had seen them. Dumpert was not fined, not punished.

That is disgraceful.’ The VVD is also looking into making it illegal for everyone but journalists to make secret recordings of conversations and to impose sales restrictions on spy equipment, NOS said. (DutchNews)

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