Debrief Staff | Contributing Writer | Wednesday, 30 July 2014

New Anti-Revenge Porn App Disckreet Promises To Keep Your Sex Videos Private

The Debrief: The makers see it as a digital pre-nup - and think that it might finally spell the end of revenge porn

Have you ever made a sex tape? If not, what put you off the idea? Maybe you don’t find the idea of being filmed when you’re having sex a turn on? Maybe you have no desire to see what your orgasm face actually looks like. Or maybe what you’re actually worried about is what happens to that sex tape after you make it. 

You and your boyfriend/random bloke you met earlier in a bar (no judgment here), might be getting on brilliantly now, but what if it all goes wrong and he decides to elicit his revenge? Or what if it doesn’t go wrong, but he just decides he wants to impress his mates by showing them that picture of you two going at it on the living room floor while Match Of The Day plays in the background? 

Enter Disckreet, a new app that keeps your naked tit pics, amateur porn and the suchlike secure. You need two passwords to access the pics or footage, one from you, and one from your co-star. You simply import the files when you’re ready, and any time you then want to access those them in the future, you need both codes. The files are encrypted too, so even if you lose your phone or it gets stolen, no-one’s going to be able to hack in and find the videos. Basically, it’s genius. 

‘You are either the sort of person who would want to try making a sex tape or you are not,’ explains Antony Burrows, the app's CEO. ‘From everything I have come across while making this app, it seems that the majority of people are open, if not keen, to give it a go. The only thing holding them back is the risk factor.’ 

He’s got a point - a recent YouGov pol revealed that one in five under 40s have had sex on camera, yet if you ask around your friends, almost everyone will have a funny/stupid/terrifying story about how their tit pictures somehow ended up being uploaded onto Facebook (for example), or accidentally being uploaded onto a colleague’s work computer (again, just an example). If one in five of us have made a sex tape, how many of us have had it come back to haunt us later? 

Antony claims not to have been caught out himself, but certainly knows people who have. ‘A friend of mine accidentally shared a picture of her teenage son's 'private parts' with a client. It seems her son used her iPad to send racy pictures to his girlfriend, and forgot to delete them. She was showing her client some photos...and well, they were both quite shocked really.’

And then there’s the more sinister side of the coin - revenge porn. Just this week at Prime Minister’s Question Time, Maria Miller, former minister for women, called on revenge porn to be treated as a ‘criminal sexual offence’ against its’ victims. The Minister for Justice Chris Grayling has promised to ‘take appropriate action’ (whatever that means), but there’s no denying that revenge porn is a very real, and increasing problem in the UK

The first platform dedicated to hosting revenge porn launched in 2010 (we’re not naming or linking to any here), and there are now 30 different sites in the UK alone specializing in revenge porn. Charities such as the National Stalking Helpline, Women’s Aid and UK Safer Internet Centre all reported increased use of revenge porn websites by UK Internet users. 

Antony is based in Australia, where there aren’t any federal laws criminalizing revenge porn - it’s up to individual states (this year Victoria outlawed it), but he sees it as a huge problem, and one that won’t go away. ‘The ever-increasing police reports from across the world illustrate just how big this issue is, the consequences could range from destroyed relationships and careers, to even suicide. In Japan alone, there were 27,334 cases [of revenge porn] reported to police between 2008 and 2012.’ 

It’s all pretty grim and serious stuff, but the act of making a sex tape with someone is a pretty big leap of faith - and isn’t that the point? Isn’t what makes it so sexy the fact that you’ve decided to trust that person, and essentially make yourself vulnerable? As far as Antony’s concerned, we need to protect ourselves in the same way as we would in any other aspect of our life.  ‘In this day and age being cyber-savvy is essential. Nothing can be deleted from the internet, and the evidence could follow people around for the rest of their lives. 

‘I don't believe using Disckreet implies a lack of trust for your partner, I see Disckreet as simply an insurance policy. You can still partake in all of the exciting things you want, without the consequences.’

So is using an app like Disckreet the modern version of using a condom in the eighties? We might not believe it's necessary now, but in a decade, perhaps we'll all be doing it as a matter of course to protect ourselves? Protecting ourselves from STDs is something we (should) think about all the time now, and it makes sense to treat the (very real) sepctre of revenge porn just as seriously. 

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Picture: Lukasz Wierzbowski

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