EDPB & EDPS warn against CSAM scanning, as inventor calls for adoption

31/07/2022 | EDPB

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published a joint opinion outlining their concerns that the European Commission's proposal for a regulation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse could undermine people's privacy. The EDPB and EDPS recognise "child sexual abuse as a particularly serious and heinous crime. Limitations to the rights to private life and data protection must, however, respect the essence of these fundamental rights and remain limited to what is strictly necessary and proportionate."

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that the inventor of PhotoDNA, Professor Hany Farid, from the University of California, Berkeley, advocates all online services should be doing this following last week's backing by NCSC and GCHQ technical directors to scan phones for child abuse images.

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