Vintage black and white photo of Berlin in the 1950s, post-war period. In a quiet alley, a person leans against a wall, trying to blend in, while secretly observing the movements of people on the street. Nearby, a vintage car is parked, with an individual inside tuning a shortwave radio. The scene captures the essence of covert surveillance and the city's tense atmosphere.

EU pushes for digital surveillance

Keep seeing more and more topics, threads and sites about it. And it’s probably not getting half as much attention as it deserves.

Here’s a summary from Danny Mekić post:

  • The European Commission wants to turn digital communication apps into mass surveillance tools by automatically scanning EU citizens’ live conversations, photos and videos for criminal offenses, even if they are not suspected of a crime.
  • Hundreds of academics, privacy regulators and EU legal experts have condemned the proposal, arguing it grossly violates privacy rights and the technology cannot accurately detect criminal activity.
  • When the EU Council meeting showed insufficient support for the proposal, the Commissioner launched a paid advertising campaign on social media targeting specific countries to sway public opinion.
  • The campaign used emotionally manipulative images and music to suggest opponents did not want to protect children, while also misleadingly claiming majority European support.
  • The ads were microtargeted to exclude people interested in privacy, Euroscepticism, Christianity and other critical political/religious groups, creating an uncritical echo chamber.
  • This microtargeting violates the social media platform’s policies, the Digital Services Act, and GDPR.
  • When a proposal lacks sufficient support, the proper response is to withdraw or amend it, not pressure doubting members through manipulative disinformation campaigns.
  • By setting aside European values, the Commission is endangering the foundations of the European Union.
  • The Commission should take down the ad campaigns and refrain from future attempts to bend public opinion through illegal targeted ads.
  • The document was written by a jurist and technologist who is critical of the Commission’s overreach and disregard for democratic processes and individual rights.
Via Kagi: Undermining Democracy: The European Commission’s Controversial Push for Digital Surveillance

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