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Bill banning dissemination of deep fakes without consent passes AZ Senate

The Arizona Senate has passed  a bill that would make it illegal to spread deep-fake video or audio recordings that depict people without their consent.

The bill would make doing so a Class 6 felony if depicted individuals are clearly identifiable or are engaged in a sexual act.

It would also make it a Class 4 felony in other cases, such as if the depicted person is hurt financially, if the deep fake is posted on a website, or is used for harassment.

Both felony classes could result in prison time.

The Legislature has been working on multiple bills focusing on AI. Another Senate measure would make it illegal to distribute AI generated deep fakes of political candidates without disclosure.

Both bills are now in the House of Representatives.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.