It's been a few days. You've probably read about this.
Apple intends to install software on American iPhones to scan for child abuse imagery, according to people briefed on its plans, raising alarm among security researchers who warn that it could open the door to surveillance of millions of people’s personal devices.
Apple detailed its proposed system — known as “neuralMatch” — to some US academics earlier this week, according to two security researchers briefed on the virtual meeting. The plans could be publicised more widely as soon as this week, they said.
The automated system would proactively alert a team of human reviewers if it believes illegal imagery is detected, who would then contact law enforcement if the material can be verified. The scheme will initially roll out only in the US.
Apple declined to comment.
Has Apple spoken more to this yet? I have yet to see anyone in our industry offer up rationale for why this company that fought so hard to deny the FBI access to a terrorist's iPhone is no proactively developing surveillance functionality into the device in this way. I think we can all agree that preventing child predators is a good thing, but not like this.
With a few days to digest this and gather info/opinions, what are your thoughts?