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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: 3, Interesting) by janrinok on Saturday May 14 2022, @08:27AM (1 child)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 14 2022, @08:27AM (#1244934) Journal

    I agree with much of what you say - but when schools insist that homework involves internet research then the parents are tied to a supervisory role at study times.

    There might be security reasons why giving some children phones is a good idea, but try finding a modern phone that doesn't have the internet. Yes, I know that they exist but will would need a massive shift in our day-to-day lives if we expect children to accept them willingly.

    When I was young neither I nor my friends were able to buy pornography but you can bet your last dollar that we all some at various times. Children will always find a way. Maybe that is the parents' fault, but when they are both working just to put food on the table then they cannot be everywhere at once.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @05:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @05:50PM (#1244987)

    School shouldn't require the Internet beyond learning to use the internet. There are tons of issues that come up from lack of access in some homes to cyber bullying and outright pedo grooming.

    That being said, things are probably less dangerous now in most respects than they were, but still. There's a reason why kids should be supervised online.