Deepfake Laws: What’s on the Statute Books?

There are many existing laws which can potentially be applied to problematic deepfakes, including those concerning fraud, privacy, defamation, stalking, and electoral law. But are these legal instruments sufficient to address deepfake risks, or are new laws needed? Given the risk that deepfakes pose, some lawmakers assert that new, specific regulations are needed to curtail the proliferation of the technology.

Here is a list of laws (including proposals for new legislation*) which specifically address deepfakes, last updated October 2019.

Media / Disinformation and Electoral Law

Sexual Content and Privacy Law

 

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