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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, @03:55PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @03:55PM (#1244976)

    The govt shall not use other parties to do things the Constitution prevents it from doing directly.

    If this level of information filtering and collection is reasonable, the government should already be able to do it themselves.
    If not, the 4th ammendment should prevent it and no amount of asking a service provider to do it for them should make the result an un-forbidden fruit.

    Looking at it this way, even the EU doesn't think this is a reasonable thing to search.
    What else explains the smoke and mirrors of asking the service provider to do it, but providing such a loose definition that the only thing a service provider can do is disclose almost everything?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @05:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14 2022, @05:55PM (#1244988)

    While we're at it, apparently we also need one to indicate that everything the government does everywhere is subject to the constitution. I'm not sure how we can have constitutional rights that don't apply to most Americans in the US and expect the court that made that happen have any legitimacy. Not only is that not literally in the constitution, but it runs completely counter to what common sense would dictate.