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Apple’s plan to scan iPhones for child abuse misses the point of privacy

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On Thursday, Apple surprised the tech world by announcing that it will actively scan some users’ iPhones for known images of child sexual abuse material. The company also plans to discourage Siri searches for this material and warn children against sending or receiving sexually explicit messages, all starting with the launch of iOS 15 this fall.

The news drew a quick backlash from security experts and civil liberties groups, who believe the company is standing on a slippery slope by adding these content-scanning systems to its devices. The news also seems to have raised some objections inside Apple, as the company has stood behind its system in a memo to employees.

In defending its new system, Apple has pointed to all the ways in which it protects privacy and avoids collecting users’ data. Its scanning systems run on the device instead of in the cloud, for instance, and it’s not looking at the content of the images........

© Fast Company

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