Signal boss slams EU’s latest ‘upload moderation’ surveillance ploy

The Chat Control law is aimed at combating child exploitation material, but Meredith Whittaker said it’s just the latest proposed tactic to undermine encryption.

The president of messaging app Signal has slammed a revised European Union proposal that seeks to surveil encrypted chats under “new branding.”

The EU Commission first proposed the Chat Control law in mid-2022, attempting to push through rules that would effectively force messaging apps to create a backdoor to end-to-end encrypted messages.

The EU Parliament committee voted against mass screening encrypted telecommunications in November last year, but a revised draft of the law is now seeking an alternative method of mass scanning — named “upload moderation” to combat online child sexual abuse material.

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