Apple Announces Decisions To Spy On Users Pictures

( Since the demise of BlackBerry mobile phone devices, which were known for their superior security, Apple has pitched itself as the provider of the most secure cell phones on the market. In recent years the company has made it a key part of its advertising, but the recent announcement that the company will use algorithms to detect child pornography on users’ phones has people concerned about the implications.

While few would oppose the idea of using technology to find criminals who make and store child pornography, many people have expressed their outrage over the idea that Apple effectively built a backdoor into the devices they sell that allows software to penetrate password-protected devices and reveal their contents.

Apple revealed that the tool which will allow them to scan iPhones and iPads for child abuse photographs is called “neuralMatch,” and will automatically scan any photograph or image before it is uploaded to the iCloud. If the neural network, which is an algorithm and a form of artificial intelligence, identifies child pornography then the user’s account will be automatically disabled and referred to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Under a separate plan, Apple also plans to scan encrypted messages sent by users to see if it contains sexually explicit materials.

Again, the purpose of the new tool is commendable, and few would argue that fighting child sexual abuse is a bad thing…but if Apple can scan your communications for child pornography, then what else can they scan your phone for?

How long until Apple is scanning conversations to see if it contains political activism they don’t like?

How long until they’re correcting so-called COVID-19 “misinformation”?

Apple insists that the system will only flag material that is already in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s database, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry about being incorrectly flagged for content because of an error in the system.

However, if you would like to turn off the feature that allows Apple to scan your phone, you can. Click here for a full tutorial on how to stop Apple from spying on your device.