{Disarmed} Apple backs down and paralyzes its controversial iPhone and iCloud image tracking system against child pornography

Apple backs down and paralyzes its controversial iPhone and iCloud image tracking system against child pornography

After the numerous criticisms , Apple has decided to rectify and delay the implementation of its image scanning system on iPhones and iCloud to fight against child exploitation. Through a statement sent to the media, Apple reports that "based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take more time in the coming months to collect input and make improvements before publishing. these important child safety benefits. "

The system was announced in early August, where its plan to implement a system to protect minors from abusers using digital tools was explained. A scan that identified whether the user was uploading images of child pornography or related illegal content to iCloud. A method criticized for the significant privacy concerns it generated .

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Three measures are applied in the Apple document describing this system. On the one hand "automatic learning to warn of sensitive content while the messages of private communications are still unreadable by Apple", secondly with iCloud Photos "in iOS and iPadOS new applications of cryptography will be used to help limit the diffusion of child pornography "and finally Siri and Search functions to" intervene when users try to search for CSAM related topics. "

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Criticisms such as that of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claimed that the company was "opening the door to wider abuses" and warned that it was almost impossible to create a local scanning system that only works with explicit images sent or received by children but not put the privacy of other images at risk.

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The new system was scheduled to go live later this year . At the moment Apple has not informed when it will implement it or what changes are expected, although it has updated the support page indicating the delay.

Image scanning to fight child pornography is a widespread practice in various technology companies, from Facebook to Google with Drive.

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