Chat control: EU accepts an error rate of 10 percent

A leaked document with the EU Commission’s answers to the planned chat control strengthens the growing criticism.

With the planned chat control, the investigators across Europe would have to process an estimated ten percent of strays. With one million dialogs examined, the system would thus be in 100.000 unjustly strike cases. Even the EU Commission itself expects many false hits when searching for criminals. They didn’t want to specify exactly how high the hit probability should be.

Chat control not yet mature?

The algorithms can be trained accordingly in the future . With such statements one tries to illuminate the matter positively. The EU was thus reacting to the questions asked by the federal government about the legislative package. Responses are for official use only. The EU citizens should not see them.

Is the perfect surveillance state coming?

One thing is certain: the EU’s package of measures would require the construction of an extensive monitoring infrastructure. Internet services would be required to search their users’ content for certain telltale keywords. After loud criticism from the ranks of science and civil society, the federal government sent a catalog with critical questions to the EU Commission. Netzpolitik.org published today the answers to the

57 (!!!) asked questions about chat control.

Client site scanning as an alternative

Tog To avoid having to crack the end-to-end encryption, the EU proposes what is known as client-side scanning. The control software checks the media to be sent on its own device. Whether the holiday photos are of children in bikinis or shorts on the beach or suggestive photos, the software naturally cannot recognize such connections. The Facebook parent Meta does not use client-side scanning because, according to the group, this would contradict the rights of its users.

Software could

Another problem is that the search terms in different countries could simply be extended to other subject areas. It would theoretically be possible to also search for politically unwanted content in order to locate the government opponents. The EU Commission seriously believes that national authorities can ensure that this does not happen. Currently, the anti-grooming software would not be able to do this either. But what is not, can still be.

Answers to the chat control are evasive and contradictory

The “Stop chat control” initiative considers the EU Commission’s answers to be “ evasive” and sometimes even for “ contradictory“. On the other hand, the answers to some points are not even addressed, despite specific questions.

What is required there is technically not possible, it is said. The demands are not only a violation of the basic rights of citizens. No, this also denies reality, was the assessment of the initiative.

Stop chat control: online petition is running

Even if we’re not big friends of data octopuses like Campact: There is an online petition on their website that you can sign here.

The NGO Digitalcourage sees itself in view of the leaked answers the Commission in its call to withdraw the proposed regulation on chat control.

Ylva Johansson absolutely wants the legislative package

Konstantin Macher from Digitalcourage explains:

“In many places the Commission has no answers to critical questions. Where it does get concrete, the answers are shocking: According to the leaked answers, the EU Commission would have a false detection rate of

when screening private chat content % accept. This would mean that countless people would be unjustly suspected of the worst crimes and their private communications would be forwarded to EU officials.

EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson is trying by hook or by crook to undermine encryption and thus the privacy of digital letters. In doing so, it listens neither to science, which warns of the dangers to IT security, nor to civil society. Chat control is incompatible with European fundamental rights. Therefore, the federal government must now persuade the EU Commission to withdraw the proposed surveillance package before further damage is done with it.”

Konstantin Macher, digital courage

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