Child Abuse Survivor Sues Meta For Scanning Messages

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. In a landmark legal challenge, a survivor of child sexual abuse from Bavaria has teamed up with the German Society for Civil Liberties (GFF) to contest Meta’s policy of scanning private messages. The plaintiff, Schneider (pseudonym), aims to secure a safe and private space for dialogue with fellow survivors without the threat of their communications being deemed suspicious by Meta’s algorithms. The lawsuit is part of a broader battle against the pervasive and flawed surveillance measures employed by US tech giants such as Meta, Google, and Microsoft in the form of voluntary chat control or chat control 1.0. Schneider’s suit aims to quash the 2021 EU regulation that permits these intrusive activities. Adding fuel to the fire is a planned successor regulation intended to extend this surveillance mandate to all providers of email, messenger, and chat services under the banner of chat control 2.0 or the Child Sexual Abuse Regulation (CSAR). We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here. Patrick Breyer, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the Pirate Party, has himself previously launched a legal fight against voluntary chat control. Currently, he is involved in deliberations on the proposed mandatory chat control regulation. Breyer provides a voice for the criticism coming from abuse survivors, asserting that chat control, rather than offering assistance, obliterates private spaces for vital communication, therapy, and counseling. The present lawsuit, filed by a survivor, challenges…Child Abuse Survivor Sues Meta For Scanning Messages