By Duncan Smith
Do you own an iPhone?
If you do, you may want to consider an alternative, and quick, otherwise you’re going to be spied on even more so than you probably are already.
Breitbart News has more:
Tech giant Apple recently announced a new feature that will allow it to scan iPhone and iPad photos to detect if they contain sexually explicit imagery involving children, which Apple will report to authorities. However, many privacy experts are worried about the implications of Apple snooping on user content. One expert points out that Apple's move is well-intentioned, but they should be thinking about one important question: 'What will China want them to block?'
Forbes reports that this week Apple announced a new addition to its upcoming iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 firmware for iPhones and iPads. The new feature will allow Apple to scan user photos stored in Apple's iCloud service and determine if they contain sexually explicit activities involving children.
In a statement on its website, Apple said: 'This will enable Apple to report these instances to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).' NCMEC works as a reporting center for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and collaborates with multiple law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
Apple claims that the way it detects CSAM is 'designed with user privacy in mind,' and it is not directly accessing iCloud users' photos, but rather utilizing a device-local, hash-based lookup and matching system to cross-reference the hashes of user photos with the hashes of known CSAM. If there is a match between a user's photos and the CSAM database, Apple manually reviews the issue and will then disable the user's account before sending a report to NCMEC.
Naturally, experts who are well aware of high-tech spying are sounding the alarm, including former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on his former agency’s blatantly unconstitutional surveillance on everyone.
'No matter how well-intentioned, @Apple is rolling out mass surveillance to the entire world with this. Make no mistake: if they can scan for kiddie porn today, they can scan for anything tomorrow,” he tweeted.
And they will, no doubt at the government’s ‘request’ to avoid being regulated.
Maybe it’s time to go back to dial-up phones.
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