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posted by hubie on Friday May 13 2022, @10:56PM   Printer-friendly
from the somebody's-watching-you dept.

From Malware Bytes Blog

On May 11, 2022, the EU will publicize a proposal for a law on mandatory chat control. The European Commission wants all providers of email, chat and messaging services to search for suspicious messages in a fully automated way and forward them to the police in the fight against child pornography.

[...] Similar developments are taking place in the US and the supporting narrative has expanded from domestic terrorism to other illegal content and activity, such as child sexual exploitation and abuse, terrorism, foreign adversaries‚ and attempts to undermine democratic values and institutions.

[...] What most, if not all, of these activities have in common is that you usually won't see the criminals using the same platforms as those of us that want to stay in touch with friends and relatives. They are already conducting their "business" in illegal marketplaces on the Dark Web, or they are using encrypted phone services.

[...] Since client-side scanning technologies may represent the most powerful surveillance system ever imagined, it is imperative that we find a way to make them abuse-resistant and auditable before we decide to start using them. Failures from the past have taught us that it's often the other way around. We learn from our mistakes, but how costly are they?

Also at:
    The Guardian
    Patrick Breyer

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Opportunist on Saturday May 14 2022, @12:02AM (2 children)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Saturday May 14 2022, @12:02AM (#1244841)

    The question is, how do we make them useless. Because that makes everyone happy, they think they have done "something" and we can still have our privacy. Everyone wins, everyone is happy, nothing gets done.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by loonycyborg on Saturday May 14 2022, @12:08PM

    by loonycyborg (6905) on Saturday May 14 2022, @12:08PM (#1244954)

    Trigger matches on purpose to overload the system with so much work it wouldn't be possible to pretend that it's doable. If millions of people willingly distribute some CP image(or an image with a hash engineered to coincide with a known CP image) as form of protest then no way they gonna prosecute them all.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 15 2022, @04:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 15 2022, @04:15PM (#1245135)

    providers of email, chat and messaging

    Run an email server and an XMPP server. Make accounts for your friends and relatives and encourage them to move away from the "providers".