Sharing naked pictures of people is illegal, according to the Data Protection Commission, which is always prepared to see that offenders are put in jail.
A person’s film or photo is his or her personal property, thus spreading nudes without permission is unlawful, said Dr. Patrick Adorno Lebene, director of regulatory and compliance.
Speaking in an interview with Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM’s morning program on Friday, Mr. Lebene said his organization had made arrests and halted projects to safeguard the victims.
When a person’s video appears on social media, they have the right to report it to the Data Commission, and we will take appropriate action. Many people have been arrested by us.
“Personal data and private matters must be treated with a great deal of care,” he said. “Therefore, for a leaked video or photo to go viral, unquestionably one of those people involved in the sex video would have been part of the video becoming a video or a photo and so it’s important that we keep our privacy private.”
Mr. Lebene’s remarks follow a 22-year-old phone repairman’s 14-year prison term for posting pornographic images of a Lebanese lady online.
According to Mr. Lebene, his organization, upon getting such complaints, first evaluates the situation to ensure that the individual is indeed hurt and that it has the potential to ruin their reputation before taking any appropriate action.
He claimed that despite their rules forbade such harmful behavior, they are unable to crack down on those who post their leaked or explicit films on social media since they may have released them themselves.