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The EU's executive branch and its defenders want such automatic scanning to continue . They argue that the scanning tools don't infringe upon privacy because the algorithms don't "understand" the content . On the other side, there are privacy activists, EU lawmakers and the bloc’s top privacy regulator, who say that automatic scanning is a major infringement of people's fundamental right to privacy . The clock is ticking down on a deal within EU institutions to allow the practice into law . If lawmakers can't agree on a draft law, platforms will face new privacy rules without an exemption for child sexual abuse material .
Now Ylva Johansson, the EU's home affairs commissioner who is behind the derogation initiative, is pushing back - with unexpected support from Kutcher, who co-founded an organization called Thorn in the U.S. to combat child sex trafficking and abuse.
In an interview with POLITICO, she said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiórowski - who's in charge of policing EU institutions - had ignored children's well-being.
The European Commission wants to present a fully fledged piece of legislation on the fight against sexual abuse online next year . Ashton Kutcher, who played Michael Kelso in the U.S. sitcom “That '70s Show,” has thrown himself into the mix, including by tweeting at EU lawmakers . The Commission wants its proposal to be finalized by December 21, but some lawmakers dismissed the deadline as artificial, since scanning would not stop overnight without the derogation.