While possession and distribution of child pornography is a serious felony, nearly all involved in this incident are minors themselves, leaving law enforcement officials puzzled on how to tackle the issue. But a big intrigue of this scandal lies in its technology: How did hundreds of teenagers get involved without getting caught? The answer lies in vault apps, which hide sensitive photos, texts or videos from plain view of the smartphone screen. Some vaults apps disguise the icon and presentations with an innocuous calculator. The sensitive photos and videos, like nude selfies, can be accessed after entering a pass code and can be shared via email or a Snapchat-esque "safe send" messaging service.
New Area of the Law
Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs, or images, primarily between mobile phones, of oneself to others. It may also include the use of a computer or any digital device. The first published use of the term sexting was in a article in the Australian Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sexting has become more common with the rise in camera phones and smartphones with Internet access, that can be used to send explicit photographs as well as messages. Young adults use the medium of the text message much more than any other new media to transmit messages of a sexual nature,  and teenagers who have unlimited text messaging plans are more likely to receive sexually explicit texts. As a result of sexting being a relatively recent practice, ethics are still being established by both those who engage in it and those who create legislation based on this concept. Whether sexting is seen as a positive or negative experience typically rests on the basis of whether or not consent was given to share the images. Nevertheless, Australian laws currently view unders as being unable to give consent to sexting, even if they meet the legal age for sexual consent.
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