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    Apple unveiled plans to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused, including by governments looking to surveil their citizens.

    The tool designed to detected known images of child sexual abuse, called “neuralMatch,” will scan images before they are uploaded to iCloud. If it finds a match, the image will be reviewed by a human. If child pornography is confirmed, the user’s account will be disabled and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified.

    Separately, Apple plans to scan users’ encrypted messages for sexually explicit content as a child safety measure, which also alarmed privacy advocates.

    The detection system will only flag images that are already in the center’s database of known child pornography. Parents snapping innocent photos of a child in the bath presumably need not worry. But researchers say the matching tool — which doesn’t “see” such images, just mathematical “fingerprints” that represent them — could be put to more nefarious purposes.


    You’ve got to be pretty naive to think that’s all they’re going to notice and catalogue.


    Salty Saltine

    Better have a warrant


    Steve E

    There is a lot more to this technology than the article talks about. Here is a good article describing how it works.


    Paul Sullivan

    Some good points, but still, I don’t trust big tech and I also do not trust the FBI (the latter a 180 degree reversal from 5 years ago). I prefer a dark web inquisition against child porn disseminators than some novel “fingerprint” system open to expansion & abuse. What is to keep a bureaucratic partisan & their tech lapdogs from equating the danger of someone’s photo of their gun collection, or political memes, to child porn images? Nothing. It becomes a creeping invasion based on warped partisan views, where the evil of Nazi fascism (“a guy holding up a Trump sign”) is seen as an equal threat as child porn. Do you think the ACLU would care? They’ve become worthless partisan shills who could care less about “civil liberties” of those who don’t share their political beliefs.

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