Censorship risen: EU wants to search all smartphones


Ursula von der Leyen failed in Germany with her major attack on the Internet. Now, under the same pretext and under your leadership, an even more violent project is being pushed forward at EU level.

According to a draft law that is now on the table in Brussels, photos and messenger messages on smartphones should be searched automatically. If the responsible AI suspects that child abuse is being portrayed or that criminals are making contact with children, the content should be forwarded directly to the law enforcement authorities.

Apple already wanted to introduce a similar procedure, but had to give it up again after heavy protests. The criticism remains the same: “The mass scanning not only attacks confidential communication at its very foundations, but would also be ineffective: criminals are already using distribution channels that would not be affected by these scans and will easily escape the scans in the future,” he said it in one opinion of the Chaos Computer Club.

Don’t underestimate error rates

So while it is quite unlikely that perpetrators will really be found in this way, hundreds of millions of users are said to endure massive violations of fundamental rights. Because no one can be sure anymore whether the message just written, which is accompanied by the private photo, will not end up with the next authority.

Because the AI, which is responsible for monitoring the devices, makes mistakes. Even the smallest rates of misclassified content would be a massive problem here. Because in Germany alone, more than half a billion messages are sent every day, so that even with a system that works almost perfectly, the authorities would still receive thousands of messages and images every day. In addition to the violation of privacy, here of all things there is always the danger of false suspicions in a very sensitive area.

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