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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 Monday May 16 2022, @09:14AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 16 2022, @09:14AM (#1245271)

    There's plenty of evidence that those in power don't actually seem serious on catching and punishing the worst culprits.

    Currently it's as if they're more interested in punishing those who watch porn than punishing actual rapists.

    Many may believe those who watch porn are bad, disgusting, etc but so far there's no clear correlation between viewing porn and rape or sexual assault:

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1359178909000445 [sciencedirect.com]
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1359178918302404 [sciencedirect.com]

    So similarly is there any evidence that pedos who view child porn are more likely to rape children than pedos who don't?

    It seems more believable that pedos with power and/or position are more likely to actually harm and rape children - since their power and/or position can protect them from the consequences.

    So I suggest that the phones etc of those at the top are the ones that be regularly screened for such stuff.

    As for "market for child porn", just follow the money then? The MPAA, RIAA etc claim that copyright infringement kills their industries so the ones watching porn for free with adblockers are helping to kill the porn industry. So similarly distributing porn for free via torrents is a good thing right? ;)

    Lastly speaking of thinking of the children if we truly wanted to protect children we should regulate parenthood a lot better. At the moment any idiot can have kids. And the problem nowadays seems to be lots more irresponsible idiots are having kids. Just a quick look at sponsor a child sites will show you that most of the kids aren't orphans (in many cases BOTH parents are around) - it's just their parents are irresponsible idiots who produced kids without being able to feed and raise them properly. We should be sponsoring vasectomies instead of "sponsoring children" e.g. you get a vasectomy and we give you USD500. The short sighted desperate ones will take the deal and those are exactly the ones who should get it.