Taking or sharing ‘down-blouse’ images and pornographic ‘deep fakes’ without consent should be made illegal, law experts said yesterday.
The Law Commission, which advises ministers on legal changes, https://bvespirita.com/ said a patchwork of criminal offences has failed to keep pace with technology.
It proposed creating a new offence of intentionally taking or sharing sexual, nude or intimate photographs or videos without consent, with a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
Law experts are calling for ‘down-blousing’ to be made illegal (stock image), as current legislation criminalises acts like ‘up-skirting’ but not photos looking down a woman’s top
More serious offences, such as threatening to share nude images, should carry tougher sentences of two to three years, a consultation paper said.
Recent law changes criminalised ‘up-skirting’ – photographing someone’s genitals or buttocks without consent – but legislation doesn’t cover perverts who take photos down a woman’s top.
The Law Commission said the new offence should cover ‘down-blousing’ – taking a photo of a woman’s breasts or bra.It should also be an offence to share pornographic ‘deep fakes’ – computer-generated images which make it appear someone is nude or engaged in a sex act.
A government spokesman said yesterday: ‘We will carefully consider the commission’s recommendations.’