EDPB statement outlines ongoing concerns with CSAM proposal

14/02/2024 | EDPB

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued a statement on the Proposal for a Regulation that aims to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) following its February plenary. The statement focuses on the recent legislative developments, including the joint EDPB-EDPS Joint Opinion and the position of the European Parliament in November 2023. While the EDPB welcomes some of the proposed improvements, it remains concerned that the text does not fully address the issues related to general and indiscriminate monitoring of private communications. The EDPB emphasises the importance of limiting the risk that detection orders could affect innocent individuals who are unlikely to be involved in such crimes. 

The EDPB further highlights that detection orders are not only limited to instances of CSAM authorities are aware of and that detecting new CSAM currently involves high error rates.  

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