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Jail terms for sharing or creating explicit images without consent (BBC News)


People caught sharing or creating explicit images without consent could face time in jail in England and Wales.

Amendments to the Online Safety Bill will introduce a six-month prison term for sharing deepfake and revenge porn.

This would rise to two years if intent to cause distress, alarm or humiliation, or to obtain sexual gratification can be proved.

Those who share an image for sexual gratification could also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.


Honza Červenka, a lawyer at McAllister Olivarius, said the changes were welcome but pointed out there were likely to be “jurisdictional issues”.

“Some of these websites may not be easily traceable, others may be hosted in countries specifically chosen for their lax laws when it comes to online harm and harassment,” he told the BBC.

“Very often, victims become aware of images resurfacing months or even years after their apparent takedown.”

“Revenge porn” is sharing an intimate image without consent. “Deepfake porn” involves creating a fake explicit image or video of a person.

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