DE HB260 | 2013-2014 | 147th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 13-3)
Status: Passed on August 12 2014 - 100% progression
Action: 2014-08-12 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


This bill adds to the existing crime of Violation of Privacy additional prohibited conduct related to the non-consensual dissemination of visual depictions containing nudity or sexual acts, conduct popularly referred to as “revenge porn”. “Revenge porn” typically refers to the situation where visual depictions are consensually given to an intimate partner who, after the end of the relationship, later disseminates them without the consent of the person depicted. As a result, the person depicted unwillingly becomes sexual entertainment for strangers and the person’s career and standing within the community can be negatively impacted. The bill details six situations that would aggravate this offense: (1) obtaining the visual depiction without the consent of the person depicted, (2) committing the offense for profit, (3) maintaining an internet website, online service, online application, or mobile application for the purpose of committing this offense, (4) committing this offense with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm the person depicted, (5) committing this offense and pairing the visual depiction with personally identifiable information of the person depicted, and (6) committing this offense within 5 years of a prior conviction for this offense. This bill makes clear that in addition to when the consent of the person depicted is given, certain currently lawful conduct is not intended to be made unlawful by the addition of this paragraph to the crime of Violation of Privacy. This bill further amends the existing crime of Violation of Privacy to make this offense a class B misdemeanor and to make this offense, when aggravated, a class G felony.

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An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Violation Of Privacy.


Roll Calls

2014-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2014-06-24 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2014-08-12HouseSigned by Governor
2014-06-30SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-26SenateReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2014-06-24SenateAssigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate
2014-06-24HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 41 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-24HouseAmendment HA 2 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2014-06-24HouseAmendment HA 1 - Stricken
2014-06-12HouseAmendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2014-06-11HouseReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 1 Favorable, 5 On Its Merits, 2 Unfavorable
2014-04-09HouseAmendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2014-03-13HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Delaware State Sources

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