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Revenge Porn: Are there any nude photos of me on the internet?

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Germany will soon have harsher penalties for revenge porn. The justice ministry in Germany is looking to impose harsher penalties especially if someone posts photos on the Internet against one’s own will.

Revenge porn should be punished harder in the future! At least that’s what a new draft of the Ministry of Justice said.

According to the draft, it should be easier for criminal prosecutors in the future to prove so-called cyber-stalking perpetrators. The draft also brings higher prison sentences and fines into discussion, on which the federal states and associations can now comment.

Revenge porn and nude photos fall under the category of cyber stalking. Below are the best ways to look for pictures of yourself on the internet.

Tricks for Better Google Results

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Search engines such as Google or Bing remain the first point of contact if you want to search for yourself online.

But just entering your own name and looking at the first page of the search results is often fruitless. You have a better chance of success if you speak the language of Google, which means: if you know which text commands can be used to better control the search and how to filter the results.

Put your name in quotation marks! This means that only results will appear in which your first and last name were used in the correct order and together. Example: “Donald Duck”. You can also search for usernames that you use on the Internet.

Sort out unwanted results! If you only want to search on a specific website, you can do this with the command “site:”. Example: “Max Mustermann + site: bild.de”. It also works the other way around: If you get too many irrelevant results from a website, you can completely exclude them from the search. A minus in front of the command, ie “-site:”, is sufficient for this.

Go deeper in your search than just the first page of Google! Click carefully through several pages of the results and narrow down the search query if you get too many irrelevant results.

Don’t just use Google! Each search engine delivers different results, so try out providers such as Microsoft’s Bing or the search engine Yandex, which is rather unknown in Germany.

What is Revenge Porn?

In revenge porn, a person, usually after a relationship has ended, publishes pornographic images of the ex-partner as revenge. The recordings were usually made mutually beforehand as part of the relationship.

Some couples jointly create intimate pictures or videos by mutual agreement or send them to one another. The latter is called sexting . Adults (and adolescents from the age of 14 among themselves) are allowed to do this and can be a nice, intimate aspect of a relationship.

It only becomes problematic when one person publishes or shows the other person’s intimate pictures without being asked .

  • This violates the personal rights of the person depicted, the right to one’s own image and, under certain circumstances, also the copyright .
  • If the person publishes the intimate recordings out of revenge – usually after a relationship has ended – these are known as revenge porn .
  • The unsolicited distribution regardless of motive can an offense be.

Search the web for naked photos

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It doesn’t always have to be Google: Try different search engines such as Bing

When searching the net, you are not just limited to text: you can also search the Internet for photos. Here, too, it is worth using several search engines.

On the one hand, there is the Google image search , where you can upload your own photo and check whether this or a similar photo is already on the Internet somewhere. The website TinEye has also specialized in such a reverse search, and Bing and Yandex also enjoy a good reputation for image searches.

However, this makes it difficult to search for complete videos – with the classic image search engines you can at least try to search for still images from videos, which in turn can be found as video thumbnails.

But there is also a special search engine to find revenge porn: the site amiinporn.org offers the opportunity to upload a photo of yourself for two euros, the service then compares your own photo with millions of videos on well-known porn sites. If the service finds a match, it sounds the alarm.

The distribution of revenge porn is not just cowardly, but a serious crime. It does not matter whether fake or genuine material is distributed. The victims follow the images for a lifetime.

Set Google Alerts for your name

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If you want to be automatically kept up to date on what appears on the Internet via a certain keyword, for example your own name, you can set up a so-called Google Alert.

With this service, you will always receive an email when a new entry for a given search term lands in the Google index.

Not every every revenge porn can be found

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But: Even if you are actively looking – you cannot find everything. Because even Internet search engines do not access everything that is posted on the Internet. Google and Co. can only include all the content in their search index that the so-called crawlers can access. These crawlers scan the Internet at regular intervals and add new content to the catalog from, for example, Google.

As soon as you have to log into a website, the crawler doesn’t get anywhere either. Even if data on a website is only made available from a database after user input, it does not end up in the search results.

All websites, data and content on the Internet that are beyond the reach of search engines are known as the deep web. This also includes, for example, non-public Facebook profiles and generally private profiles in social networks.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Revenge Porn

Is revenge porn punishable?

The publication of revealing image or video files without the consent of the person on display is a criminal offense under Section 201a of the German Criminal Code.

§201a StGB regulates the violation of the very personal sphere of life and of personal rights by taking pictures.

What is the penalty for revenge porn?

A conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to two years or a fine.

What acts are punishable as Revenge Porn?

According to § 201 StGB, among other things, the following is punishable:

1. The unauthorized production or distribution of intimate images of another person in protected rooms (e.g. changing rooms) or in an apartment. This includes the secret filming or taking photos, the so-called “paparazzi paragraph”

2. Making authorized, intimate images available to third parties = classic case of revenge porn

Is there a limitation period?

Yes. Offenses with a maximum penalty of 2 years or fines become statute-barred 5 years after the offense was committed.

What are the exact rights of Revenge Porn victims?

Victims can file a criminal complaint and a criminal complaint. This initiates criminal proceedings against the perpetrator. In the criminal proceedings, the victim has the position of a normal witness.

Victims of revenge porn can also take civil law action against the perpetrator and request the deletion of the images or the omission of further publications.

Victims are also entitled to compensation in the form of compensation for pain and suffering. The amount depends on the individual case, e.g. how many people the pictures were distributed, etc.

Is it possible to take action against the websites / platforms on which the intimate images are published?

You also have the right to have the images and videos removed from the providers and operators of websites.

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