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European Union’s ‘chat control’ law UPSC NOTE


  • The Law is proposed by the EU to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

  • Requires scanning of private messages (originally text and audio, now photos, videos, and URLs) for CSAM.

Opposition to the Law:

  • Privacy Concerns: Scanning encrypted messages creates backdoors for potential exploitation by third parties.

  • Slippery Slope: Scanning for one type of content opens the door for broader surveillance.


  • Can be misused by authoritarian governments to target dissenters.

  • Users can be coerced into consenting to scanning or blocked from sending certain content.

Tech Company Opposition:

  • Apple and Signal oppose the law due to privacy risks.

  • Signal threatens to leave the EU if the law is passed.

Current Status:

  • EU revised the proposal to exclude text and audio message scanning.

  • Users might have a say in content scanning before encryption (considered a weak compromise).

  • Temporary regulation allowing message scanning for CSAM is expiring in August.

Arguments For the Law:

  • Proponents aim to:

    • Protect children from online predators.

    • Reduce the spread of CSAM content.

  • The proposed "Chat Control" law raises significant privacy concerns and faces strong opposition.

  • The EU is trying to find a balance between protecting children and safeguarding privacy, but the current solution seems unsatisfactory.



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: European Union’s ‘chat control’ law UPSC NOTE
European Union’s ‘chat control’ law UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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