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Friday, September 03, 2021

Apple Delays iPhone Scanning for Child Abuse

It was warned that such methods could be modified to 'scan' any kind of text content in a phone, and lead to a backdoor being established.

Apple delays plan to scan iPhones for child abuse  in the BBC

Apple has delayed plans to roll out detection technology which would have scanned US users' iPhones in search of child sexual abuse material.

It follows widespread criticism from privacy groups and others, worried that the on-device tracking set  dangerous precedent.

Apple said that it had listened to the negative feedback and was reconsidering.

There were concerns the system could be abused by authoritarian states.

The so-called NeuralHash technology would have scanned images just before they are uploaded to iCloud Photos. Then it would have matched them against known child sexual abuse material on a database maintained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

If a match was found then it would have been manually reviewed by a human and, if required, steps taken to disable a user's account and report it to law enforcement.

It was due to launch later in the year.   ... ' 

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