It is a plan to force all providers of communication (email, chat apps etc) to be forced to automatically scan all communications and inform authorities should something that could be related to child sexual abuse be found. See https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52020PC0568&from=EN
So. Contact your MEP. Inform yourself. Here's a collection of arguments and information about the progress of this legislation:
@jwildeboer reading the text, it would allow the providers to spy on the communications of their users for this purpose, but not force them to, right? So i.e. Signal could just choose to ignore it? Or did I miss something?
@methyltheobromine Apart from the obvious issues of principle, one of the big problems with all this is the built-in assumption that the service provider also provides the client software. See https://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SKM_C45820090717470-1_new.pdf (h/t @echo_pbreyer ) which doesn't seem to understand that different software can be used (despite the obvious counter example of email), let alone that there might not be a service provider distinct from the sender or receiver.
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