EU Commission publishes CSAM scans requirements

11/05/2022 | European Commission

The EU Commission has published its plans to introduce measures that will make it mandatory for online messaging services to scan for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The draft proposal outlines that "effective" CSAM scanning technologies must be "suitably reliable" and  should avoid the collection of "any other information from the relevant communications than the information strictly necessary to detect." The proposal also outlines risk assessments will be required along with the creation of the EU Centre on Child Sexual Abuse. The Commission has also published a set of FAQs explaining why the rules are needed and outlining key elements of the proposal.

In response, The Register and The Guardian posted articles claiming Europe's proposal to tackle child abuse will kill privacy and strong encryption.

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