The European Council and the European Parliament have agreed to a proposal to criminalize various types of cyber violence. He will put the proposed rules before the law sharing intimate images without the person’s consentwhich is captured in the image, and what is important – including deepfakes created by artificial intelligence tools, which could help prevent the spread of revenge pornography. They will also be recognized as criminal acts kyberstalking, online harassment, misogynistic hate speech a cyberflashing or sending unsolicited pornographic material.
The Commission claims that the existence of a directive for the entire European Union will help victims in Member States that have not yet criminalized these topics. “Given the exponential growth and dramatic impact of online violence, there is an urgent need to address this issue,” her announcement reads. In addition, the directive will require member states have drawn up measures, which will help users more easily recognize cyberbullying and know how to prevent it if possible or how to seek help. It will also require them to provide their residents online portalwhere they can send reports about violations of the law.
In its report, Politico suggested that the recent spread of pornographic deepfake images using Taylor Swift’s face prompted EU officials to speed up the implementation of the proposal. “The latest disgusting way to degrade women is sharing intimate images generated by artificial intelligence by anyone within a few minutes,” said Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová. “Such images they can cause enormous damage not only to pop stars, but to every woman who would have to prove at work or at home that it was a deepfake.”
At the moment, however, the mentioned rules are only part of the draft law, which the representatives of the EU member states still have to pass authorize. “The final form of the law is still awaiting adoption by the Council and the European Parliament,” the EU Council said. According to Politico, if all goes well and the bill is implemented soon, EU states will have time to enforce the new rules until 2027.