Europe and Australia both back down on CSAM scanning | Technology

Both the EU and Australia have backed down on separate proposals to force tech companies to carry out CSAM scanning within messaging apps, which would have meant breaking end-to-end encryption.

It’s the latest development in the ongoing battle between tech companies and politicians who don’t understand how encryption works

Europe drops CSAM scanning vote

A proposed EU regulation called for messaging companies to be required to scan outgoing messages for CSAM in the form of photos or links. But while there was support in some European countries, others opposed it on privacy grounds, as it would have meant breaking the end-to-end encryption (E2EE) used in apps like iMessage, Signal, and WhatsApp.

Politico reports that a vote on the proposal has now been dropped, after it became clear that it did not enough support to pass.

“A vote scheduled today to amend a draft law that may require WhatsApp and Signal to scan people’s pictures and links for potential child sexual abuse material was removed from European Union countries’ agenda, according to three EU diplomats […]

Many EU countries…”


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