claptrap wrote:Over the years my STBX has sent me various explicit images, obviously I should get rid of them but how can I prove that they are gone if asked?
Should? Just delete them and defrag your disk. You don't need to prove anything. She asked. You deleted. Done.
Your job is not to invent or follow some completely undefined expectation of forensic data destruction requirement (e.g. FIPS). "good enough" is ... good enough.
This is just NOISE. She's fishing and trying to bait you. Unless it is in a motion from the court, IGNORE THE NOISE.
Legally, if she sent them to you, the responsibility to obtain a signed affidavit of non-disclosure or distribution was on her BEFORE she sent them to you. If you even spend one second entertaining this nonsense, the course of action would be for your lawyer (since it was in response to her filing a motion, right? - no motion = no exist) to demand she provide said contract and then IGNORE, IGNORE, IGNORE. Quit responding to her bait.
"I've long since deleted any images you've sent me. Have a nice day."