If you think what I've already written about is bad enough, then buckle-up -- the ride's going to get really bumpy from here.
What is coming down the pipe is known as "chatcontrol". This is the single most depressing thing I have yet read in my lifetime. The proposed scope of surveillance envisaged under this scheme is beyond breathtaking. It is not just figuratively, but literally, 1984 come to life.
The End of the Privacy of Digital Correspondence
The EU wants to oblige providers to search all private chats, messages, and emails automatically for suspicious content – generally and indiscriminately. The stated aim: To prosecute child pornography. The result: Mass surveillance by means of fully automated real-time messaging and chat control and the end of secrecy of digital correspondence.
Other consequences of the proposal are ineffective network blocking, screening of person cloud storage including private photos, mandatory age verification leading to the end of anonymous communication, censorship in Appstores and the paternalism and exclusion of minors in the digital world.
Chat control 2.0 on every Smartphone
A majority of the Members of the European Parliament adopted the voluntary chatcontrol regulation on 6 July 2021 allowing providers to scan communications voluntarily. So far only a few unencrypted US services such as GMail, Meta/Facebook Messenger and X-Box scan private communications voluntarily.
The European Commission went a step further on the 11 May 2022 by presenting a proposal which would make chat control mandatory for all e-mail, chat and messenger providers and would even apply to so far securely end-to-end encrypted communication services. However, a public consultation by the Commission demonstrated that the majority of respondents, both citizens and stakeholders, were opposed to an obligation to use chat control. Over 80% of respondents opposed its application to end-to-end encrypted communications.
Go to Patrick Breyer's page to read the rest... it's terrifying.
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