Mass surveillance to protect children

It’s always to protect the children. At least initially:

“The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a controversial law that would allow digital companies to detect and report child sexual abuse on their platforms for the next three years.

Tuesday's vote was the final hurdle for the bill, and will allow companies to scan their platforms for explicit material without fear of violating Europe's strict privacy laws. The bill pitted the European Commission, who proposed the bill, and children's rights activists against the Parliament and Europe's privacy regulators, who fear the bill could undermine the EU's privacy rules.”

Child sexual abuse is an important issue that deserves attention but passing a bill that facilitates mass surveillance is not the solution. The fact the argument rests on invoking one of the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse is always a good sign that something’s rotten.