The European Commission has been accused of undermining the fight against online child abuse by introducing new laws which will protect the privacy of paedophiles.
Charities say new EU regulations would stop tech firms searching out child abuse images on their platforms and reporting them to police because it would be a potential breach of paedophiles’ privacy.
Unlike the new laws on data, there are no exemptions in the proposed EU regulations that would allow investigators to override the rights of paedophiles to privacy to protect children from abuse.
The government is understood to have raised its concerns with the EC that “personal rights should not obstruct companies from protecting children who use social media platforms.”
A source said Sajid Javid, the home secretary, fully supported companies having the power to detect and act upon “abhorrent” images and grooming for child sexual abuse.
“We have taken note of the EU’s proposal for the introduction of European Privacy Regulation (EPR) and are discussing it with EU member states,” said a government spokesperson.
John Carr, secretary of the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, which represents 11 of the biggest charities including Barnardo’s and the NSPCC, wrote last week to the EC, demanding they amend the regulations so investigators can continue to report and remove indecent images.
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s, Britain’s biggest charity, said: “Online child abuse is appalling. Any regulation change should not restrict the ability of tech companies and law enforcement to work together to stop child abuse online.
“We would urge the EC to make a simple change to the new e-privacy regulation so that all EU countries can continue to fight this horrific crime effectively.”
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