Senator Cannella's Bill to Crack Down on Cyber Revenge Receives Bipartisan Support

Cannella Bill Extends Law to Reflect New Technologies
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A bill by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) to make it a criminal offense to post sexually explicit images online without the consent of the images’ subjects was approved yesterday with unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Cannella’s bill, which seeks to deter an alarming trend of violated trust or hacking, has garnered national media attention:

VIDEO: “’The law does not keep up with the technology,’ said state Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres). Cannella is leading the effort because the threat of a civil lawsuit doesn't seem to be enough of a deterrent. ‘They are concerned about going to jail,’ said Cannella. ‘So this hopefully raises the bar enough where people think twice about engaging in this behavior because it's ruined people's lives.’”
“State Senate committee seeks new law on 'revenge porn',” Nannette Miranda, ABC Sacramento/San Francisco/Fresno, 6/4/13

“A law that would punish scorned ex-lovers who post online nude images of their former partners passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 255 would give California law enforcement their first tool to combat so-called ‘revenge porn,’ nude images posted online without the victim’s consent, with identifying information and the purpose to harass or annoy. Cyber revenge typically happens after a bitter break-up, said Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), author of the bill. ‘People who post or text pictures that are meant to be private as a way to seek revenge are reprehensible,’ Cannella said in a statement. ‘Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted.’”
“Proposed Law Would Make ‘Revenge Porn’ a Crime,” NBC San Francisco Bay Area/Los Angeles/Riverside/San Bernardino/San Diego/Ventura, 6/4/13

“A California Senate panel today, 6-0, moved forward a newly introduced piece of legislation that targets ‘revenge porn’ websites. The bill now moves along to the state Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 255, introduced by state Sen. Anthony Cannella, would amend Section 653.2 of  the Penal Code and make it a crime to ‘cause substantial emotional distress or humiliation’ to others by distributing over the Internet nude images of them along with personal identifying information.”
“Calif. Senate Panel Moves 'Revenge Porn' Bill Forward,” Rhett Pardon, XBIZ Newswire, 6/4/13

“’People who post or text pictures that are meant to be private as a way to seek revenge are reprehensible,’ Cannella said. He said some websites even specialize in posting the materials and charging large fees to people who want their photos taken down. ‘Right now, there is no tool for law enforcement to protect the victims,’ Cannella said. ‘Too many have had their lives upended because of an action of another that they trusted.’”
“Lawmaker proposes making 'revenge porn' a crime,” Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, 6/4/13

“The Senate Public Safety Committee approved a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to cause a person “substantial emotional distress or humiliation” by distributing pictures of the person that are of a sexual nature without the subject’s consent. Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) said his legislation is in response to a new phenomenon that happens when some couples end their relationship badly, and one person retaliates by sending nude pictures of the other person out over the Internet.”
“Revenge Porn To Become A Criminal Act?” Bill Carroll, KFI-AM Los Angeles/Orange County, 6/4/13

“[SB 255] by state Sen. Anthony Cannella passed the Senate Public Safety Committee so unanimously yesterday that all its members have signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation, a spokesman for the lawmaker told us.”
“Jail Time for 'Revenge Porn' Photos of Ex-Girlfriends?” Dennis Romero, LA Weekly, 6/5/13