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 Bokep child abuse imagery since 2019, Foto Porno according to a new report, Foto Porno adding new details to the ongoing debate about the company’s stance on user privacy. Earlier this month, Video Bokep Apple said Indo Bokep it would would implement a system to scan some people’s iPhones, iPads and Porn Video Mac computers for Video Porno child abuse imagery, Bokep worrying security and Video Bokep privacy advocates who say 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 Porn Sex child abuse imagery for Foto Porno the past two years, 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, Indo Bokep without going into further detail other than to say it didn’t include iPhone or Foto Porno iPad backups.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for Foto Porno further comment.

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

When Apple announced its new scanning 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, Video Bokep saying it would allow privacy advocates to audit its systems and Video Bokep 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, Indo Bokep said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal earlier this month.

Though privacy advocates question Apple’s moves, Indo 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, Video Bokep according to a report from The New York Times, Porn Video a majority of which were reported by Facebook. Apple’s anti-fraud chief suggested the problem was even larger, Porn Video saying in a private message that his company’s commitment to privacy had led it to become “the greatest platform for distributing child Porn Video.” The message was made public as part of Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Fortnite maker Epic Games.

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