The European Commission's plans to prevent the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online have been called into question after a European Parliament-commissioned impact assessment raised privacy concerns over several aspects of the proposed legislation. The findings, which were presented to the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 13 April, indicate current technology is not advanced enough to detect new CSAM material and would result in a high error rate, particularly given the amount of messages being scanned. The report also highlighted the proposal's incompatibility with end-to-end encryption.
UPDATE: 190423 - In a related article, Javier Zarzalejos, an influential voice inside European People’s Party on law enforcement and security matters who spearheaded the work on the EU CSAM proposal, spoke with EURACTIV about the draft report.
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