Apple is Now Scanning Photos Uploaded to iCloud for Child Abuse

Apple is Now Scanning Photos Uploaded to iCloud for Child Abuse

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Apple has begun scanning each photo uploaded to iCloud to check for child abuse, reports The Telegraph.

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jane Horvath, Apple's Chief Privacy Officer, revealed that the company is now automatically screening images backed up to iCloud to look for illegal photos.

A statement on the company's legal website offers some more details...

Apple is dedicated to protecting children throughout our ecosystem wherever our products are used, and we continue to support innovation in this space. We have developed robust protections at all levels of our software platform and throughout our supply chain. As part of this commitment, Apple uses image matching technology to help find and report child exploitation. Much like spam filters in email, our systems use electronic signatures to find suspected child exploitation. We validate each match with individual review. Accounts with child exploitation content violate our terms and conditions of service, and any accounts we find with this material will be disabled.

As a reminder, if you are using Apple's iCloud services your data is not secure. Apple has the encryption keys to your photos, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail, notes, voice memos, health, call history, and files. Even your messages are not secure if you have iCloud backup enabled.

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Apple is Now Scanning Photos Uploaded to iCloud for Child Abuse

1reader - January 14, 2020 at 1:54am
https://apple.news/A0Ue1iIylT-Gxpyw6bI77PA For all supporters of Apple trying to be the “good cop”... read the article “Apple is offering the FBI 'no substantive assistance' in unlocking two iPhones related to a shooting case, says Attorney General Barr” from Business Insider or the link above
ipadguy - January 13, 2020 at 10:03am
If this stops or fights child pornography then no problem scan away apple. But let’s be honest there basically saying that they have the keys to all of your personal data and they’ve had them for a long time but now they’re actually looking through it, that means they’re scanning for any and every illegal thing or not illegal things they’re just scanning at all!!! And I’m fine with that too hope they don’t find my pot lol But since they’re scanning everything there’s no telling what they can fine other than naked ex Disney celebrities lol But now that they’re looking at all of your stuff maybe we’re going to have a new Facebook problems later on down the line!
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1reader - January 10, 2020 at 3:52am
What happened with “what’s on your iPhone stays on your iPhone”?! Or now is “what’s on your iCloud is in our hands to judge!” There is a platform for that, it’s called Facebook you know?!
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tobybartlett - January 9, 2020 at 9:04pm
What I don’t understand, is that if someone is engaging in something so disgusting and universally illegal as child pornography, are they dumb enough to turn iCloud backups on and toggle the Photos option to on? I’d be curious to know if this has ever caught one of these sickos. If my phone were full of incriminating files of any sort, I wouldn’t back up to the cloud but Apple seems to think they are? Knowing that this tactic has succeeded would make me much More comfortable for even an algorithm scanning my files. This is a quote from iClarified: “ As a reminder, if you are using Apple's iCloud services your data is not secure. Apple has the encryption keys to your photos, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail, notes, voice memos, health, call history, and files. Even your messages are not secure if you have iCloud backup enabled.“
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1reader - January 9, 2020 at 9:20pm
Exactly! 👍🏻
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