Meta warned TDs of ‘serious’ privacy concerns with EU plan to tackle child sex abuse online

Company’s top Irish lobbyist told politicians elements of a plan from the European Commission to clamp down on child sex abuse materials ‘would appear to clash’ with programme for government

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Meta’s top lobbyist in Ireland privately told politicians the company had “serious concerns” over the implications for users’ privacy following EU proposals which would require tech firms to search for child sexual abuse material in private messages.

Dualta Ó Broin, head of public policy at Meta in Ireland, said that the company supported the European Commission’s efforts to clamp down on child sexual abuse material, but said it opposed significant elements of the plan which ...