Users of smartphones have now found a new way of “sexting”
without fear of a parent or significant other finding out. A search in
either the Google or Apple stores will reveal hundreds of applications
that are designed to hide their true function. While savvy smartphone
users may be able to discover the sinister nature of these apps, many
people will fall victim to the app’s true purpose.
These applications work by giving the user a secret place to store photos,
text messages and even internet browsing history. One school has reported
students are using this technology to exchange sexual photos among classmates.
While such a use may seem innocent and fun, it is important for users
to be educated on the ill effects and consequences that may result. First,
whatever is sent is now on the internet and likely will be for a long
time. Second, if a user of this app is under the age of 18 and sends nude
photos there may be legal ramifications regarding distribution or possession
of child pornography.
While some apps are rather basic, there are more elaborate apps as well
- some of which require two passwords. One password will wipe the app
clean, while the other password will bring all of the content back.
Whatever the legal ramifications may be for those who choose to use these
apps, one thing is certainly clear: Users should always be cautious when
sending sensitive information and should follow the assumption that whatever
is sent out is not necessarily private and will most likely be visible
by numerous viewers. While these apps may safeguard against some unwanted
viewers, it will not protect against the developer who has access to all
information stored. In today’s technological and digital world,
there is no such thing as secretive or private, especially when it comes
to the internet.
The attorneys at Bleile & Dawson are extremely knowledgeable in
criminal law, especially when it comes to defending our clients against
wrongful accusations, whether in the State of Ohio or the Commonwealth
of Kentucky. If you feel that you have wrongly been accused of a crime
and seek to find the best possible representation to fight for you, hire
a law firm that puts the client first and fights hard to protect the client.
Contact us today for a completely confidential consultation at (513) 399-5945.