Written Questions on the export of Netclean technology to Turkey

Marietje
On 29 October, Marietje Schaake submitted Written Questions to the European Commission about the export of Netclean technology to Turkey. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: Export of Netclean technology to Turkey  On the 29th of May, Turkey’s chief of staff referred to social media as a new factor threatening countries in today’s world order.[1] The Turkish government subsequently engaged with Netclean about using software designed ‘to detect, block and analyse digital media to create a safer society’. 2] The Turkish government states this software will be used for fighting child sexual abuse cases, compatible with Turkey’s participation within the European Commission’s Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online. 3]   Yet there are fears from civil society in Turkey that the software will be used to block other internet content such as dissenting opinions on Twitter and other social media. 1. Is the Commission aware of these developments and if so, how does she assess the potential threat the new measures pose to internet freedoms in Turkey? 2. How will the Commission ensure that systems intended to combat child sexual abuse online will not be used to limit freedom of speech in accession countries such as Turkey? 3. If measures are used by Turkish authorities to limit freedom of speech and expression in Turkey, how does the Commission estimate that this will affect Turkey’s fulfilment of the Copenhagen criteria and what strategy does the Commission have to address such a violation of these criteria? [1] http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-top-soldier-warns-against-social-media-as-govt-to-purchase-software-against-illegal-shares.aspx [2] https://www.netclean.com/en/about-us/ [3] A Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online. http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/organized-crime-and-human-trafficking/global-alliance-against-child-abuse/index_en.htm. Export of Netclean technology to Turkey