"Deepfake" legislation drafted

18 November, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT


A draft amendment to the Criminal Code that would address crimes involving "deepfakes" has been sent to the cabinet for review.


The legislative action comes in the wake of the arrest in October of a male Taiwanese Youtuber suspected of creating and selling pornographic videos that were digitally altered to include likenesses of 100 famous politicians.


In a statement, the ministry said that discussions had been held from March onwards with legal scholars, judges, prosecutors and lawyers on the draft amendment, which would tackle offenses related to the dissemination of private videos that include sexual images.


The discussions also covered the technological aspects of deepfakes – in particular the sophisticated machine-learning techniques used to produce seemingly realistic manipulated video and other forms of media.

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