Tuesday 26 September 2017

In the sexting era, policing bad behaviour is tough

'With so much compromising material flying around in the ‘cloud’, can our criminal legal system keep up?' Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images
'With so much compromising material flying around in the ‘cloud’, can our criminal legal system keep up?' Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Any new law has its work cut out. Irish people now communicate as much through images and photos (of ourselves, mainly) as we do through text. This is one reason why services such as Instagram and Snapchat are far outpacing rivals such as Twitter and SMS.

And this extends right into personal relationships. Intimacy - or the trappings of it - over messaging apps is not a novelty. A recent study by Dublin City University found that more than a quarter of Irish teenagers send intimate images or texts to each other.

Other research suggests that young adults are similarly unfazed by exchanging images that could later become highly sensitive or embarrassing.

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