Apple to start scanning images stored to icloud for child abuse

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Binman4OSU

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Apple installing software that has a database of images depicting instances of previous child sex abuse pictures. The software will scan every pic Apple users send to the cloud against the DB and will flag any images it seems needing review. A human reviewer will then review the image and refer the images and Apple user info to local police authorities if they suspect child sexual abuse was captures in the photo
https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1423584666808950787
 
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I'm all for this, but is this any sort of violation of privacy? We know big government does it, but can a private company also do so. I'm sure they Apple makes you agree to this with a new update.

Apple was the one who previously would not provide authorities with any suspects iPhone information.
 

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I'm all for this, but is this any sort of violation of privacy? We know big government does it, but can a private company also do so. I'm sure they Apple makes you agree to this with a new update.

Apple was the one who previously would not provide authorities with any suspects iPhone information.
I'm sure they've got something buried in the T&C's that allows it.
 

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I bet there are going to be more than a few qanon nuts getting busted for this. The accusations are really just confessions thing.
 

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How many politicians "upgraded" their devices to Androids after this announcement?...
How many predators let their stuff be sent to the cloud to begin with. I helped get one put away, and everything he had was stored locally or apparently sent through a secret distribution network according to search records.
Of course, the guy was stupid enough to forget he had it on his laptop before asking me to remove a ransomware from it.
So maybe they are dumb enough to let that happen.

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I'm all for this, but is this any sort of violation of privacy? We know big government does it, but can a private company also do so. I'm sure they Apple makes you agree to this with a new update.

Apple was the one who previously would not provide authorities with any suspects iPhone information.
I assumed that the moment you allow something to be put on their servers that they have had access to it. Never assume privacy when you give them the right to hold it for you.

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I personally like the idea and anything to get any of these predators off the streets as long as it's legal is worth it. My problem lies that there are potentials for a lot of abuse and as always with anything like this, what's to stop them from say finding other things that they personally or as a company find offensive by whatever means and then using that against the consumer. It could be something as simple as something they deem as hateful to some protected group..

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Some of you guys... I'd be way more concerned about it accidently flagging a photo than I would about the "planting a photo on the device of a consumer they're pissed off at"... My wife takes tons and tons of photos of our kids including bath photos when they're babies. We're cognizant that those photos are being backed up on a server so we try to cover everything but what happens if Apple sees a perfectly innocent photo of your baby playing in the bath and flags it?

I don't own any Apple products so I don't have skin in the game, but if some of you are worried about them scanning photos on their server I've got some bad news for you about your "personal privacy"...
 
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Some of you guys... I'd be way more concerned about it accidently flagging a photo than I would about the "planting a photo on the device of a consumer they're pissed off at"... My wife takes tons and tons of photos of our kids including bath photos when they're babies. We're cognizant that those photos are being backed up on a server so we try to cover everything but what happens if Apple sees a perfectly innocent photo of your baby playing in the bath and flags it?

I don't own any Apple products so I don't have skin in the game, but if some of you are worried about them scanning photos on their server I've got some bad news for you about your "personal privacy"...
First of all "personal privacy" is an illusion.. we willing gave that up to the Googles, Facebooks and Apples of the world without so much of a whimper.

Secondly, they are comparing the pictures to known hashes of child porn pictures so you have little to worry about thus far... however it does open the door to future issues.