European Union puts children’s safety online

Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) took a major stand for children’s safety online by granting technology companies a derogation from the European Electronic Communications Code.

Beginning on December 21, the Code – in its original format – would have restricted technology companies’ ability to use automated detection tools to detect child sexual exploitation and abuse. Today, however, the LIBE Committee has granted a reprieve for such companies until 2025, or until another solution is created to properly balance privacy and children’s safety.

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