Proposal to combat child abuse has risks for individual rights

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)  adopted a Joint Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse stating the proposal in the present form pose more risk to individuals, and society, including risk of infringing on  individuals’ privacy and personal data; indiscriminate and generalised scanning of all types of electronic communication and not just CSAM. 

The proposal aims to impose stringent obligations for  detecting, reporting, removing and blocking online child sexual abuse material (CSAM), onhosting service providers, software application stores, internet access services, other relevant services, children and parents.

The joint opinion mentions that encryption  helps to protect confidentiality of communications, freedom of expression, innovation and growth of the digital economy and  that end-to-end encryption should not be discouraged as it will weaken encryption.