The Law of Digital Sexual Assault

In short, there really isn’t a clear framework for punishing remote sexual assault. But, this is an issue that will become more real over time.

We are slowly approaching a world in which people can be intimate without being physically close to one another. The internet allows us to have sex with people situated on the opposite side of the world. To bridge that distance, we use web-connected devices like masturbation sleeves and vibrators.

What would the legal implications be if, say, skilled and malicious hackers were able to hijack one of these devices? On one hand, they will have gained control of an object that is used to penetrate, and therefore are potentially responsible for it. On the other, the device’s owner is likely to have overall control of the hardware and, we assume, consents to its use.

For now, getting an internet-connected sex toy is a bit risky, and not in the sexy kind of way.

Read the rest over at Engadget

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