Sending Lewd Nudes to Strangers Could Mean a Year in Jail

"Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland and the author of a book on hate crimes in cyberspace, said that clarification could be helpful. New York may be the first municipality to consider a specific law targeting the practice, she said.

“This is unwanted electronic harassment,” she said. “Just like we have telephone harassment laws that have been upheld by federal and state courts, it is absolutely possible to regulate this.”

Ms. Citron said there were no statistics tracking the prevalence of cyber flashing, adding the entire field of electronic harassment is “woefully understudied.”"