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EU May Ask Tech Companies to Scan for Sexual Abuse Material

  • New measures will force companies to scan for abuse, grooming
  • Critics say plan allows for tech companies to spy on users
Ylva Johansson

Ylva Johansson

Photographer: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

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The European Commission presented its plan to fight online child sexual abuse material, which includes demanding the world’s biggest technology companies to scan for, detect and report it to law enforcement bodies.

The measures announced in Brussels on Wednesday allow courts in the EU to require social networks to track and report efforts by their users to groom children via messaging tools.