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Attorney-General Warns Of Jail Time For Sharing Deepfake Porn

The Albanese government will this morning introduce news laws to parliament banning the non-consensual sharing of deepfake pornography.

Those caught sharing sexually explicit images created using artificial intelligence or technology could face six-years in prison.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus joined The Briefing to explain what impact the proposed new laws will have:

A deepfake is an image or video in which a person’s face or body has been altered to make it appear they are doing or saying something that never actually happened

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said, “This behaviour is unacceptable and it’s so unacceptable that we are going to criminalise it and provide serious penalties for it.”

The sharing of non-consensual deepfake sexually explicit material will carry a penalty of six years in jail. There will be a higher penalty of up to seven years for those who create the deepfake.

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“People do hide behind fake identities, people do hide their accounts, but that does not mean that there are not technological means of tracing,” he said.

Dreyfus said it’s difficult for Australian Federal Police to prosecute millions of individuals who share deepfake porn online. Police would focus on finding the originator of an image who has been directly involved in starting viral phenomena.

The new laws will be introduced to parliament at 9am, Wednesday June 5.

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