That's so damn egregious... Attacking EVERYONE'S privacy under the name of "protect the children from the bad pedophiles".
Quotes: "The draft legislation [PDF] is nominally supposed to help rid the web of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) by altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which strongly shields websites and apps, like Facebook and Twitter, from liability regardless of whatever their users share on those platforms, plus or minus some caveats."
"The idea is that companies would have to “earn” their legal shield – hence the name of the bill, EARN IT – by following the best practices created by the committee."
"In the now-OK'd version of the bill, the commission, called the National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention, would still create its rules but it would be “voluntary” for online platforms to follow them. Instead, if tech companies did follow the commission’s rules, it “would be a defense in any civil suit,” said committee chair Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
Concerns over the law being used to force tech companies to introduce encryption backdoors led to an amendment [PDF], put forward by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), that stated online platforms won’t face civil or criminal liability if they are unable to break end-to-end encryption in their own services."
“The manager’s amendment would effectively make the EARN IT Act into an entirely different bill,” it noted, adding: “Most worrisome, the new language would amend Section 230 to exclude state civil and criminal laws from its protection… If a state law makes it illegal to negligently or recklessly transport CSAM, interactive computer services will likely be unable to host user-generated content at all.
"Worse, the new language potentially allows for state lawmakers to target important user-privacy features like end-to-end encryption. By excluding violations of state laws from the protections of Section 230, courts may make rulings that undermine the use of end-to-end encryption.”
So, VPNs couldn't be operated in the US? That's China level authoritarian BS.
This is completely ridiculous.