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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @12:03AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @12:03AM (#1244842)

    That "gov't" want to mandate service providers to strengthen their monitoring? That client-side monitoring needs to be more strictly regulated?

    ???

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @03:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @03:49AM (#1244887)

    That innocent people are being pulled into a dragnet when we need to start with people in positions of power. [newyorker.com]

    Proles do as they please, the inner party is subject to surveillance!