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    Warning Apple will scan photos stored on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery

    By Jay Peters - The Verge




    Apple plans to scan photos stored on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery, according the Financial Times. The new system could help law enforcement in criminal investigations but may open the door to increased legal and government demands for user data.

    The system, called neuralMatch, will “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 Financial Times said. neuralMatch, which was trained using 200,000 images from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, will roll out first in the US. Photos will be hashed and compared with a database of known images of child sexual abuse.

    “According to people briefed on the plans, every photo uploaded to iCloud in the US will be given a ‘safety voucher,’ saying whether it is suspect or not,” the Financial Times said. “Once a certain number of photos are marked as suspect, Apple will enable all the suspect photos to be decrypted and, if apparently illegal, passed on to the relevant authorities.”

    John Hopkins University professor and cryptographer Matthew Green raised concerns about the system on Twitter Wednesday night. “This sort of tool can be a boon for finding child pornography in people’s phones,” Green said. “But imagine what it could do in the hands of an authoritarian government?”

    “Even if you believe Apple won’t allow these tools to be misused [crossed fingers emoji] there’s still a lot to be concerned about,” he added. “These systems rely on a database of ‘problematic media hashes’ that you, as a consumer, can’t review.”

    Apple already checks iCloud files against known child abuse imagery, like every other major cloud provider. But the system described here would go further, allowing central access to local storage. It would also be trivial to extend the system to crimes other than child abuse — a particular concern given Apple’s extensive business in China.

    The company informed some US academics about it this week, and Apple may share more about the system “as soon as this week,” according to two security researchers who were briefed on Apple’s earlier meeting, the Financial Times reports.

    Apple has previously touted the privacy protections built into its devices, and famously stood up to the FBI when the agency wanted Apple to build a backdoor into iOS to access an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the 2015 attack in San Bernardino. The company did not respond to a request for comment on the Financial Times report.

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    Seems extremely invasive to me...

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    Nothing to see here, just Big Tech searching the photos on your phone without your consent. Move along.

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    Exactly... I hope someone doesn't have any pics of their kids first bath or any of that other shit parents do with newborns.

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    Big tech gives the photos to democrats for protection funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin View Post
    Big tech gives the photos to democrats for protection funds.
    Or creepy joe to smell...

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    Porky better delete all his dick pics, the bot might identify it as a child.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pony View Post
    Porky better delete all his dick pics, the bot might identify it as a child.


    Luckily I don't use apple.��






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    i get it, but fuck right off, i dont have any pizza on my shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by PorkChopSandwiches View Post
    Luckily I don't use apple.��



    I was going to try the new iPad mini, but shit like this puts me off

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost in melb. View Post



    I was going to try the new iPad mini, but shit like this puts me off
    Get a Samsung tablet, that's what we have and it's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teh One Who Knocks View Post
    Get a Samsung tablet, that's what we have and it's awesome.
    Yes I've had half an eye on the Samsung. Unsurprisingly, almost everything about it is better for the same amount of money.

    I have been wanting to try the Apple ecosystem for a while but I am never able to pull the trigger

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