Apple reportedly scanned iCloud e-mail for child abuse material since 2019

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Apple’s moves have raised questions about the company’s commitment to privacy.

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Apple reportedly has been scanning some users’ emails for Video Porno child abuse imagery since 2019, Bokep according to a new report, Porn Video adding new details to the ongoing debate about the company’s stance on user privacy. Earlier this month, Video Bokep Apple said it would would implement a system to scan some people’s iPhones, iPads and Foto Porno Mac computers for Foto Telanjang child abuse imagery, Foto Porno worrying security and Porn Sex privacy advocates who say Porn Video the system could be twisted into a tool for government surveillance.

The company told the publication 9to5Mac it had been scanning iCloud Mail emails for Bokep child abuse imagery for Bokep the past two years, Video Bokep a detail it didn’t appear to explicitly disclose to customers. Apple had said on earlier versions of its website that it “uses image matching technology to help find and report child exploitation” by looking at “electronic signatures” without providing more detail. Apple also told the publication it performed “limited” scanning of other data, Video Bokep without going into further detail other than to say it didn’t include iPhone or Porn Video iPad backups.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for Porn Sex Porn Sex further comment.

The latest revelation adds a wrinkle to the heated debate about Apple’s approach to user privacy. For Bokep years, Video Bokep Apple’s marketed its devices as more secure and Foto Telanjang trustworthy than those of its competitors. It’s gone so far as to publicly criticize Google and Facebook over their ad-supported business models, Bokep telling customers that because Apple makes money by selling phones it doesn’t need to rely on ad tracking and Porn Video other tools to make money. Apple also mocked the tech industry with a billboard at Foto Telanjang the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Video Bokep with a picture of an iPhone and Video Bokep the statement “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.” 

When Apple announced its new scanning Video Porno technology, Foto Telanjang it emphasized plans to run scans on devices using its iCloud photo library syncing service. The company said it preferred to run scans on the device rather than on its servers, Porn Sex saying it would allow privacy advocates to audit its systems and Foto Porno ensure they weren’t being somehow misused.

“If you look at any other cloud service, they currently are scanning photos by looking at every single photo in the cloud and analyzing it; we wanted to be able to spot such photos in the cloud without looking at people’s photos,” Craig Federighi, Foto Porno Apple’s head of software engineering, Foto Porno said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal earlier this month.

Though privacy advocates question Apple’s moves, Video Bokep the effort comes amid a surge in child abuse imagery across the web. The number of reported child sexual abuse materials jumped 50% in 2020, Foto Porno according to a report from The New York Times, Video Bokep a majority of which were reported by Facebook. Apple’s anti-fraud chief suggested the problem was even larger, Porn Sex saying in a private message that his company’s commitment to privacy had led it to become “the greatest platform for distributing child Porn Sex.” The message was made public as part of Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games.

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