"Cyber Flashing" Rampant In NYC: Government Introduces Bill To Prohibit Sending Unsolicited Nudes
“In the old days, you had to have a long trench coat and good running shoes. Technology has made it significantly easier to be a creep,” a statement made by New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli to The New York Times.
In today’s society, we have people that are referred to as “cyber flashers”. And thanks to the iPhone’s popularity and AirDop’s features, Apple products are the prime candidates for exploitation. This is why a bill was introduced to the New York City Council this week that seeks to address the growing problem of “cyber flashing,” or the act of sending explicit photos to strangers through file sharing technology like Apple’s AirDrop.
About The App
Launched in 2011, AirDrop is an ad-hoc service in Apple Inc.’s macOS and iOS operating system. The app allows the transfer of files among supported Macintosh computers and iOS devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As for the size of the file, there is no restriction.
The Anti-Flashing Bill
The anti-flashing bill is co-sponsored by Joseph C. Borelli, Donovan J. Richards, Justin L. Brannan, and Alan N. Maisel.
The bill prohibits people from sending an unsolicited sexually explicit video or image to another person with intent to harass, annoy or alarm such other person. Anyone caught will be imposed a penalty of up to one year in jail, or a fine of up to $1,000 – or both.
Cyber Flashers Taking Advantage Of AirDrop’s Features
According to a report, AirDrop allows users to send photos and documents to anyone within 30 feet. And what’s worse, it also allows users to send files anonymously, as devices are identified by their user-defined name. With this, iOS users can take advantage of this by modifying their iOS device’s name in the operating system’s Settings menu.
Furthermore, there’s also another feature of AirDrop that cyber flashers take advantage of. The app automatically presents a preview of incoming photos and video and asks the user to accept or decline it.
How To Prevent This Modern Form Of Sexual Harassment?
In the main settings app, select “General” and then “AirDrop”. There, choose either “Receiving Off” or “Contacts Only”. Don’t choose “Everyone” because this will enable cyber flashers to send photos and documents to you as long as your device is within their 30-feet range.
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