Am 20. Juni wurde die Abstimmung über den Vorschlag der belgischen Regierung zur Chatkontrolle kurzfristig von der Agenda des Rats der Ständigen Vertreter*innen bei der EU genommen. Damit ist erneut ein Versuch des Rates gescheitert, zu einer Position zur umstrittenen Chatkontrollen-Verordnung zu kommen. Die Verhandlungen dazu stecken auch mehr als zwei Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung des ersten Entwurfs fest und es bleibt weiter ungewiss, ob die flächendeckende Chatkontrolle droht. Gemeinsam mit zahlreichen weiteren netzpolitischen, aber auch Kinderschutz- und Menschenrechts-Organisationen haben wir eine Stellungnahme verfasst, in der wir fordern, dass dieser nicht umsetzbare Vorschlag endlich zurückgezogen wird und die Kommission gemeinsam mit der Zivilgesellschaft effektive, umsetzbare und vor allem grundrechtskonforme Lösungen zum digitalen Kinderschutz erarbeitet. Zudem muss endlich in tatsächlichen Kinderschutz investiert werden, statt auf die vermeintlich einfache technische Lösungen zu setzen und die gesamte Bevölkerung unter Generalverdacht zu stellen und ihre privaten Nachrichten anlasslos zu kontrollieren. Hier die Stellungnahme im englischen Original (und als PDF bei EDRi):

Statement on the future of the CSA Regulation

On 20 June 2024, the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council became the fourth country to fail to broker a deal on the controversial Child Sexual Abuse (CSA Regulation). This unusual scenario is a symptom of how flawed and misguided the original proposal was. First put forward by the European Commission in 2022, this law has been coined ‘Chat Control’ because, as confirmed by the legal and technical community, it would amount to generalised monitoring of private communications, undermine digital security by breaking encryption and without evidence that it would even achieve its aim of protecting children. Despite two years of intense internal negotiations, the Council of the EU – which represents the EU’s Member State governments – has not been able to reach consensus about the proposal. Several Member States, in particular Poland and Germany, have demanded confirmation that the future law would be compatible with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The responsible Directorate-General of the European Commission, DG HOME, has been unable to provide such guarantees – and instead has faced scandals around conflicts of interest, and targeting of online adverts in support of this law on the basis of unlawful targeting of people’s religion. This failure to reach a deal is a reflection of the fact that there is no magical solution to the serious, complex and socially-entrenched problem of child sexual abuse. Thinking that flawed AI technology is the answer amounts to techno-solutionism, and has faced intense criticism, including:

Most recently, the European Commissioner for Values and Transparency garnered public attention when she admitted on record – for the first time – that the proposed CSA Regulation would break encryption. This should be the final straw for the EU’s legislators, proving that this proposal is notfit for purpose. We, the undersigned digital rights, human rights and children’s rights/protection organisations, therefore make the following recommendations:

1. The Council and European Parliament should demand that the European Commission withdraw the draft CSA Regulation, and instead:

  • i. Work with children’s rights groups, child protection advocates, digital human rights groups, cybersecurity experts and other technologists to develop new technical and non-technical solutions which are lawful, targeted, and technically-feasible, where these are necessary;
  • ii. Focus on the implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA) to ensure that illegal content is tackled swiftly and proportionately;

2. EU Member States should invest in the capacity and resources of national child protection hotlines, including raising awareness of the existence of these hotlines, and boosting their capacity to support victims and survivors;

3. EU Member States should pursue primary prevention, including investing in prevention programmes for potential offenders or re-offenders, transforming police and judicial systems to ensure that they are child-friendly, requiring criminal record checks for people working with children, increasing education and other societal measures that will be more effective in stopping abuse before it happens.


1. Access Now 2. Alternatif Bilisim (Alternative Informatics Association) 3. Asociația pentru Tehnologie și Internet Romania 4. Aspiration 5. Bits of Freedom The Netherlands 6. CDT Europe 7. Chaos Computer Club 8. Citizen D / Državljan D Slovenia 9. D3 – Defesa dos Direitos Digitais Portugal 10. D64 – Center for Digital Progress Germany 11. Danes je nov dan Slovenia 12. Defend Digital Me 13. Der Kinderschutzbund Bundesverband e.V. 14. Digitale Gesellschaft Germany 15. Digital Rights Ireland 16. Digital Society Forum 17. Digital Society, Switzerland 18. Digitalcourage Germany 19. ECNL 20. EFF 21. Electronic Frontiers Australia 22. Electronic Frontier Norway 23. Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) 24. Austria 25. European Digital Rights (EDRi) 26. European Sex Workers Rights Alliance (ESWA) 27. Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) 28. 5th of July Foundation, Sweden 29. Homo Digitalis Greece 30. ICCL Ireland 31. Internet Society 32. Internet Society Portugal Chapter 33. IT-Pol Denmark 34. Iuridicum Remedium Czechia 35. La Quadrature du Net France 36. Lobby4kids – Kinderlobby 37. Metamorphosis Foundation 38. National Association for Free Software Portugal (ANSOL) 39. OpenMedia 40. Politiscope Croatia 41. Privacy & Access Council of Canada 42. SHARE Foundation Serbia 43. SUPERRR Lab Germany 44. The Commoners 45. The Digitas Institute Slovenia 46. The Tor Project 47. the Netherlands 48. Xnet Spain