Sen. Chuck Schumer Champions Push To Protect Privacy Of Smartphone Sexters

Bad news, smart phone users: those penis private pics you snapped with your iPhone aren't as private as you'd probably hoped.

Senator Chuck Schumer to the rescue.

Schumer today announced that he's asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into whether smart phone apps on Apple and Android platforms are able to "steal" private photos and other information from a person's smart phone.

The senator's request is in response to an article that appeared in the New York Times last week claiming that certain apps for iPhones and Androids can actually "gain access to a customer's private photo collection, and in some cases share the information online."

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Uh-Oh: You Might Have an STD! The Whole World Might Know, Too

Love is supposed to be everlasting. Unfortunately for many, the only permanent thing to come out of a relationship is an incurable sexually transmitted disease.

And that's why Cyrus Sullivan, of Portland, Ore., claims that he runs STD Carriers Disease Control and Prevention Services, a website that lists claimed and confirmed carriers by their names, locations, descriptions, and sometimes their photos.

The database is completely open to the public -- you don't have to login to browse the listings, and many of the recently added carriers' pics are displayed prominently on the site's front page. Users submit photos freely. There are about 1,500 listings.

From the workmanlike design and sluggish flash slideshow and bizarre comparisons between Pearl Harbor's "hostile Asian men" and STD awareness, you might get the impression that Sullivan, who also runs an online reputation-management business, operates with a tongue-in-cheek M.O.

And you'd be wrong: Sullivan is for real and his work (for better or for worse) is heartfelt, -- and he has updated his site just in time for Valentine's Day.

From the mission statement: "It is our goal that by promoting the sharing of information that we can ultimately protect you health from dangerous diseases while protecting your civil liberties and providing quality entertainment."

Oh boy.

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Anthony Weiner, Sexting Ex-Pol, Paid Private Eyes to Investigate Tallywacker Tweet

Anthony Weiner, the sext-loving, dick-pic tweeting, disgraced former congressman, used some $13,000 campaign money for damage control.

The Daily News says that Weiner paid private detectives to investigate the bogus claim that his Twitter account had been hacked, before he owned up to sending the porny photo and resigned.

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Brooklyn Junior High Has the Most Sexting Suspensions in the City

The unfortunately named (given what we're about to say next) "Edward B. Shallow" Junior High in Bensonhurst has the dubious honor of being the New York City school with the most suspensions issued for sexting in 2010. This is more suspensions for sexting than any other city school in the last year, according to the New York Post -- and, in fact, of the 500 city schools that suspended kids for sexting, only 12 other schools had 10 or more suspensions. Does this mean that the students at Edward B. Shallow sext more than other kids?

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Peacock Flies Back to Central Park Zoo; 6-Year-Old Girl Intrudes on White House Lawn; Sexting Scandal in New Jersey

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• The peacock that escaped the Central Park Zoo to great human acclaim and consternation yesterday simply to sit on a window ledge near East 65th Street has flown back to his coop. "Our staff monitored the bird through the night, and at 6:45 a.m., he flew back on his own," the zoo's director, Jeff Sailer, said in a statement. "A thorough understanding of the peacock's natural behavior allowed for the successful planning of its recovery." Until next time! [NYT]

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Most College Students Sext, But Only 10 Percent Are the Ones You Should Worry About

Sexting! How many college kids are doing it? If you thought most, you would be right. But rely not on your assumptions, because there are now actual numbers to put with the sex-texts. A 200-person survey from the University of Rhode Island found that 78% of students had gotten "sexually suggestive messages" and 58% have gotten "intimate images." Two-thirds of students had sent such messages, but most of them -- 73% -- were sent to a romantic partner. Aw. Except...then things get a little questionable:

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New York Democrats Want to Send Sexting Teens to a 'Reform Program'

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In a bit of news that got passed over yesterday because of some adult sexting, New York state is working on a bill that would send teens caught with naked photos to an "educational reform program" instead of it being a criminal offense. Proposed by the Democrats, the "Cyber Crime Youth Rescue Act" is meant to be more lenient, so sexting kids don't have to be charged with possessing or spreading child pornography and register as sex offenders just for exploring their bodies together with technology; New Jersey has already made similar steps.

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Sexting Today: Teenagers Are Awful, the Times Reports

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The New York Times is tackling the issue of "sexting" among teens today, joining the ranks of newspapers and magazines tackling sexting over and over and over again. Anything new this time around?

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Sexting Not Child Porn in New Jersey, But Still a Punishable Offense

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This week, New Jersey approved a bill that says sexting teenagers aren't necessarily child pornographers, a charge they've been leveled with in the past. Instead of being branded sex offenders for life, just for passing on pics of their blooming bodies, they can take a sex-ed program and come out clean. Sounds easy and full of giggles! "We want to make sure these kids know they did something wrong," said a New Jersey assemblywoman. "However, we don't want to send them off to jail. We don't want them to have a criminal record." Hear that kids: your bodies are sacred, for you only and sort of gross.

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Ragene Powell-Dickerson, Wanted in Sexting Slaying of Dwayne Burnett, Surrenders

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​The guy accused of hiring someone to lure a pal via sexting to a phony threesome setup and then shoot him to death is now in custody. Ragene Powell-Dickerson, 25, who like victim Dwayne Burnett is from Brownsville, surrendered today to Brooklyn cops and has been charged with second-degree murder, the NYPD says.

Powell-Dickerson had consoled the family of victim Dwayne Burnett after the murder. They may now get some real consolation. Powell's accused of paying Jimmy Copeland, 24, $10,000 to do the crime. As the Post's John Doyle adds:

Copeland enlisted his sister Crystal, 22, and her girlfriend to help, having them lure Burnett to his death by texting him nude photos and inviting him to a sexual rendezvous at a home on Riverdale Avenue near Stone Avenue, the sources said.

When Burnett showed up to the home about 6:30 p.m. on June 13, Copeland was waiting and shot him several times, police said.

Copeland and his cohorts were arrested a short time after the crime, the Post says.