New EU online privacy law may increase risk of child sexual exploitation

  • Proposed changes to the EU online privacy laws may make it harder for the tech industry to identify and remove child sexual abuse images.
  • More than 30 NGOs and campaigner groups have sent a letter to EU President Junkers asking for the EU Council of Ministers to amend the wording of the proposed regulation – so that specialist software that tracks child sexual abuse imagery can still be permitted to operate.
  • Unless changed, the proposed regulation threatens to undermine efforts by governments, law enforcement agencies, NGOs and others that have been fighting this crime for years in collaboration with the private sector.

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