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ALBANY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday will sign a bill to close a loophole in the state's law against so-called "revenge porn."

The new law will make it illegal to record or broadcast an image of someone engaged in a sexual act if the photograph or video was taken secretly and without consent.

"No one should be subject to humiliation by having their image broadcast without their consent - and this common-sense legislation ensures that victims will have the law on their side," Cuomo said in a statement obtained by Gannett's Albany Bureau.

The legislation was spurred by a case in Rockland County, where a Clarkstown woman found a compromising photo of herself posted online.

But current state law only applies to images where the victim is exposed. The Clarkstown woman's intimate areas couldn't be seen in the image, so police couldn't press charges.

"This new law will deter individuals from using the Internet as a vehicle to humiliate or exploit others," Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, said in a statement.

Carlucci sponsored the bill along with Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, Westchester County. It was crafted with the help of Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

The soon-to-be-signed bill will take effect Nov. 1. Anyone who posts a sexual or nude image taken surreptitiously would face a charge of second-degree dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image, a misdemeanor.

"If a person is involved in a private moment or situation, he or she has the right to expect that that moment will remain private and not be broadcast over the Internet or via any other medium," Paulin said in a statement.

JCAMPBELL1@gannett.com

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