The Legal Underpinnings of Digitally Exposed Private Images and What Congress Needs to Know

Date: November 6, 2014

“Hunger Games” Actress Jennifer Lawrence stated in November’s Vanity Fair that exposure of her personal nude photos was a “sex crime.” Was it? If not, what kind of legal recourse does Jennifer Lawrence — or an everyday American citizen like you — have against hackers and web sites that peddle such photos? Today’s digitized era raises new, complicated questions regarding non-consensually shared private photos. What are the legal and social underpinnings in scenarios spanning from hacked private photos and revenge porn, to “upskirt” photos taken in public areas? Should American citizens hold certain privacy expectations and if so, what are they?

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law; Emma Llansó, Center for Democracy and Technology; Rob Pegoraro, Yahoo Tech; David G. Post, Volokh Conspiracy on; Tal Kopan, POLITICO Pro