EU Proposal on the Prevention of Terrorist Content Online


The German Informatics Society (GI) supports an open letter that criticises the EU proposal on the prevention of terrorist content online. The main points of criticism are that proposed automated filters on online content might harm users’ rights, and that the proposal attributes law enforcement duties to the private sector, namely hosting services. 

GI points out that the rule of law has to have primacy in democratic societies. Rather than imposing new regulations, already existing laws should be properly executed online by state authorities. Additionally, the EU proposal demands data retention for six months – a practice that has been outlawed by the European Court of Justice for EU legislation. The open letter was sent to German members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. 

The open letter can be downloaded here (only in German).