Privacy empowers, surveillance weakens

In 2022, European lawmakers proposed new rules with the noble intent to protect children. However, this law allows authorities to have anyone's legitimate conversations monitored.

In doing so, it harms everyone, including those it wants to protect. No one can be protected by making the internet less secure.

Young people say NO to online surveillance


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Why should I care?

Your private chats will be scanned. You won't able to share anything remotely intimate without the risk of your messages, photos and videos ending up in the hands of some governmental institution.

The technology is known to fail. And as a result, you may be accused of being a (child) sexual offender without having done anything wrong.

We can't afford to get it wrong. We all agree: child sexual abuse is a horrendous act. As a society, we shouldn't waste our effort to tackle this issue on actions that are proven to be ineffective and harmful.

What do people say?

Activists rely on encryption to organise

Charalampos Kyritsis

Young activist, Greece

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Young people need encryption to feel empowered


Young activist, Germany

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People in vulnerable position use encryption to seek safe spaces

Dorothée Hahne

Deputy chairperson of MOGiS e.V., an organisation of victims of sexual child-abuse

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Experts warn that breaking encryption will put everyone under surveillance

Anne Herpertz

Chairwoman Pirate Party Germany

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If we work together, we can protect children whilst upholding confidentiality and security online.

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