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Privacy Implications of Apple's Plans to Scan iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh Computers
Aug 11th, 2021 at 9:56am
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Apple has announced its intention to begin scanning photographs uploaded to its iCloud online backup and file-sharing service beginning with iOS 15 and macOS 12. Before being uploaded to Apple's iCloud service, photos will be checked on-device for any images that match those in a database of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) maintained by the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children.

Apple's plan to conduct on-device scanning raises serious privacy concerns. As NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden observed on Twitter, "No matter how well-intentioned, @Apple is rolling out mass surveillance to the entire world with this. Make no mistake: if they can scan for kiddie porn today, they can scan for anything tomorrow. They turned a trillion dollars of devices into iNarcs—*without asking.*"

The Electronic Frontier Foundation addresses privacy concerns associated with Apple's decision in an article titled, "Apple's Plan to "Think Different" About Encryption Opens a Backdoor to Your Private Life."

Apple's decision is of great concern to me, because I use Apple devices both personally and for running This Friday, 13 August from 2-4 PM Eastern (11 AM-1 PM Pacific) I'll be hosting a special meetup to discuss the privacy implications of Apple's decision to begin device scanning as well as strategies for risk mitigation. All are welcome:

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Re: Privacy Implications of Apple's Plans to Scan iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh Computers
Reply #1 - Aug 11th, 2021 at 6:52pm
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I'm glad this startled you as well George. I saw a real red flag pop up. Also, iPhones are assembled in China. Ask anyone in Hong Kong if they can be trusted. I think congressional hearings should result from this. It's very scary.
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