EU accused of 1984-style data surveillance in bid to monitor people’s phones

Data protectionists have sounded the alarm over the ‘s proposal to monitor smartphones in a bid to fight child pornography. They fear the surveillance plan won’t help the cause but take the bloc’s countries a step closer to resembling the type of totalitarian societies described in George Orwell’s book 1984.

It is currently not possible to control messenger services such as , which are protected through end-to-end encryption even for providers and manufacturers.

But using a monitoring technology called Client-Side Scanning (CSS), that could change and allow European law enforcement officials to automatically search chat histories and images posted on smartphones.

A step in this direction was al laid out an image-scanning scheme in August that, after facing widesp Moment blind dog realises where’s she’s going leaves viewers in tears

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