“Raising children for sexual purposes is always about a child or in the midst of abuse,” said John Sheehan, vice president of the US Federal Clearinghouse, Center for the Missing and Exploited Children. “Companies and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
By September, according to the Clearinghouse, 1,020 groomsmen had reported from the European Union. Cases of grooming were reported in all European Union countries and included numerous examples of “sextortion” – when an adult presents a photo or video as a minor, the use of imagery to pursue a child is blackmail As does.
Diego Naranjo, head of policy at European Digital Rights in Brussels, a lawyer group, said the subject was twisted because anyone who questioned the practices of tech companies was “cast as someone Who doesn’t care about children. “
Still, he said, tech companies and child protection groups had not made a strong enough case to scan to justify an intrusion on privacy.
“They have not provided the necessary evidence to show that it is proportional,” he said. “We don’t open every letter in the mail to see if something is illegal.”
The European Data Protection Supervisor, an agency that advises on privacy issues, said there was a need for clear safeguards for consumers. Privacy is considered a legally protected human right in the European Union. In an opinion published last month, the agency stated “confidentiality of communication is the cornerstone of fundamental rights of respect for private and family life.”
The tech industry has largely remained out of public debate.
While Facebook said it would stop active scanning in Europe, other companies remain calm. In October, Microsoft filed a declaration with the authorities stating that its detection software was used only to identify child abuse and not for any commercial purpose. But the company spokesperson did not indicate whether it would stop scanning under the new rules.