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A number of new laws will go into effect in the beginning of 2018. Credit: Anders Wiklund/TT

New law makes revenge porn a crime

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A new law will make it illegal to share sensitive images of a person or their personal information on social media with malicious intent.

January 1 is not just the start of a new year, it is also the day that a number of new laws and regulations go into effect.

One of them deals with so-called revenge porn. This includes nude images or videos of a private person, disclosing someone’s health conditions, and information about or images of the victim of a serious crime.

The penalty for these types of unlawful breaches of privacy will range from a fine to four years in prison.

Also, starting in February, it will be illegal for drivers to use cells phones without hands-free devices.

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