Sharing “downblouse” and “deepfakes” porn without consent will be considered offenses under the new legislation.
The government confirmed that an amendment to Internet Security Bill It will see police and prosecutors given more powers to bring perpetrators to justice.
Under the new proposals, individuals who share “deepfakes” — explicit photos or videos manipulated to look like a person without that person’s consent, could be jailed.
The Justice Department is also set to introduce laws to address the installation of equipment including hidden cameras to take or record pictures of a person without their consent.
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This will include “downblousing” which is where images are removed from a person’s top.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab She said the amendment would allow prosecutors to “drop like a ton of bricks on those who abuse or terrorize women and girls”.
He told broadcasters: “Our message is very clear – we want girls and women to have full confidence in the law and we want those who abuse, harass and intimidate them to feel the full force of the law.”
Protecting women and children from “despicable abuse”
“We must do more to protect women and girls from people who take or manipulate intimate images in order to stalk or humiliate them,” the deputy prime minister said in a statement.
“Our changes will give police and prosecutors the powers they need to bring these cowards to justice and protect women and girls from such despicable abuse.”
Culture Minister Michelle Donnellan added: “With these latest additions to the bill, our laws will go above and beyond to protect women and children, who are disproportionately affected, from this appalling abuse once and for all.”
Figures show around one in 14 adults in England and Wales have been exposed to the risk of sharing intimate images.
More than 28,000 reports of disclosure of private sexual images without consent were recorded by police between April 2015 and December 2021.
The perpetrators will no longer escape justice
The Legal Committee has called for the changes, saying criminal offenses have not kept pace with technology and have failed to protect all victims, while perpetrators have evaded justice.
Professor Benny Lewis, of the Law Commission, said: “Taking or sharing intimate images of someone without their consent can cause permanent harm.
“We are pleased that the government will move forward with our recommendations to strengthen the law.
“A new set of offenses will capture a wide range of abusive behaviour, ensuring that more perpetrators of these highly harmful acts face prosecution.”
Domestic Violence Commissioner Nicole Jacobs added: “I welcome these moves by the government aimed at making victims and survivors safer online, on the streets and in their homes.”