Apple scrap plans to scan iPhones for child pornography

Apple scraps plans to scan iOS devices and iCloud for child abuse images. This project had indeed attracted a lot of criticism.

The American technology giant announced this project in August 2021. Apple wanted to go further than its competitors. While many companies simply scanned content into the cloud, Apple also wanted to control what was on users’ devices themselves. This project attracted a lot of criticism, especially regarding the respect for privacy.

‘Make the internet a safer place’

Later in 2021, Apple reported that the controversial scanning feature was delayed. In a press release published on Wired, Apple now declares that they are abandoning the scans.

‘Children can be protected without companies using personal data and we will continue to work with authorities, children’s groups and other companies to help protect children, young people, to guarantee their right to privacy and to make the internet a safer place for children and for all of us.

The company therefore forgoes scans and relies on its ‘Community Safety’ created and made available in December 2021. This is an ‘opt-in’ feature (opt-in) aimed at parents and alerts both parents and their children , if sexually explicit images are received or sent via iMessage.

Nor are such scans limited to Apple. But practice is often less obvious than theory. Last summer, we learned that a man had been banned from his Google account for sharing pictures of his child’s genitalia with a doctor, purely for medical reasons. However, these images had passed through Google’s servers, after which the company found it necessary to close the account.

In collaboration with Dutch IT-Channel.

The American technology giant announced this project in August 2021. Apple wanted to go further than its competitors. While many companies simply scanned content into the cloud, Apple also wanted to control what was on users’ devices themselves. This project attracted a lot of criticism, especially on the privacy front. Later in 2021, Apple announced that the controversial scanning feature was being postponed. In a statement to Wired, Apple says it is now forgoing scans. “Children can be protected without companies using personal data and we will continue to work with authorities, children’s advocacy groups and “together with other companies to help protect young people, ensure their right to privacy and make the internet a safer place for children and for all of us’, announces Apple. Therefore, scans and trusts its ‘Community Safety’ created and made available in December 2021. This is an ‘opt-in’ feature (opt-in option) aimed at parents and warns both parents than their children about receiving or sending sexually explicit photos via iMessage. Nor are such scans limited to Apple. But practice is often less obvious than theory. Last summer, we learned that a man had been banned from his Google account for sharing pictures of his child’s genitalia with a doctor, purely for medical reasons. Nevertheless, these images had passed through Google’s servers, after which the company found it necessary to close the account. In cooperation with the Dutch IT-Channel.

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