Taking pictures down a person’s shirt or sharing fake porn images should be illegal, experts say


Outlaw ‘down-blousing’: Taking pictures down a person’s shirt or sharing fake porn images should be made illegal, experts say

  • Law experts have said that ‘down-blousing’ should be made illegal
  • The act is similar to ‘up-skirting’, which was recently criminalised
  • Legislation doesn’t prevent photos down a woman’s top being taken 

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, 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

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.’

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