Taken in context, it is essentially a design for the most powerful text and
image-based mass surveillance system the free world has ever seen.
This legislation, which is initially targeted at child abuse applications,
creates the infrastructure to build in mandatory automated scanning tools
that will search for *known* media, *unknown* media matching certain
descriptions, and textual conversations.
The legislation is vague about how this will be accomplished, but the
*impact assessment* it cites is not. The assessment makes clear that
mandatory scanning of images and text, especially in encrypted data, is the
only solution the Commission will consider. [...]