PoliticsWissing wants to block control of chats

Wissing wants to block control of chats

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The EU wants to tackle documented child abuse online. In the future, chat messages will be searched like messaging programs like WhatsApp. FDP declares resistance.


Digital Minister Volker Wissing is aware of the problem. According to the EU Commission, last year worldwide 85 million online child abuse cases reported. In Germany, too, the number of documented cases of child abuse has increased by more than 100 percent. “Protecting children from abuse is my top priority,” Wissing says.

But not in the way suggested by the EU. Fighting internet abuse EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson announced a new law last week. Plan: Online platforms like Instagram or WhatsApp should scan, report and remove their users’ chats for depictions of abuse. “chat control“It’s what everything should mean.

FDP claims “encryption right”

Wissing is worried and sees someone in his plans Attack on digital civil rights. Even innocent users could be suspected of child abuse if they actually scanned the chat messages of EU citizens, Wissing said in Berlin on Tuesday. Requests:

General chat controls are not acceptable. We need a protected area for private communication.

Volker Wissing, FDP

FDP interior expert Manuel Höferlin sees one of these in the EU Commission’s plans Your traffic light is against the coalition agreement. This is where the SPD, the Greens and the FDP explain. Encryption Right ie a kind of privacy for WhatsApp messages. “The right to data sovereignty and privacy protection on the Internet must be protected,” says Höferlin.

Why does a conflict at the traffic light threaten?

The FDP is not only taking on the EU, but also its own coalition partner. Home Secretary Nancy Faeser (SPD) He openly supported the plans of EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who is also a Social Democrat, in a tweet:

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