The US actor Ashton Kutcher deals with planned EU laws: It’s about privacy and protection against child abuse. He now turns to the German SPD chairmen.
Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher is usually seldom confronted with political demands. That is changing now. On Wednesday evening, Kutcher turned to the two SPD leaders Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken via Twitter. “I would like to speak to you about the implications of your position on the EU Communication Code on the privacy of abused children. Please drop me a line.” In the message, the social democratic MEP Birgit Sippel is also marked.
It is not entirely clear which EU laws and the associated political position of the SPD bosses the Hollywood star is referring to. It is conceivable, however, that Kutcher aims at the so-called “screening obligation”, which is currently being planned by the EU Commission: In the future, online providers such as Facebook and Google will screen their messages regarding possible child abuse.
“Privacy and data protection are important”
Kutcher wrote in another tweet to Saskia Esken that her technical understanding could make the difference in the quality of life for many children. And also in a third tweet, Kutcher turned to Esken: “Data protection is important, the privacy of children is important.” He called for the providers not to be limited to using the technology to collect material on child sexual abuse. But Kutcher was not clearer.
The SPD leader has meanwhile responded on Twitter, she thanked Kutcher for the request and wrote: “I followed you, please write me a direct message”. This is how the matter should be clarified.