Apple has announced that it will search for depictions of child abuse (“Child Sexual Abuse Material”, CSAM for short) directly on iPhones and iPads and report any findings to the authorities. The criticism of the plans, which are initially only to be implemented in the USA, is loud and fairly unanimous, but the US company has not backed off so far. If Apple has tried to present itself as a defender of privacy and data protection, this is “nothing less than bugs anchored in the system”, is the criticism. It is true that this is about depictions of child abuse, but it is feared that further issues could arise. We’ll discuss what it’s about technically and what is at stake here.
What exactly is Apple planning to do, how should the scanning work? How does Apple justify the plans? How can the reactions be summarized and, apart from the many criticisms, is there also praise? What exactly is being criticized? What are the dangers of scanning? How did Apple react to the contradiction? Apple is talking about the photo library, what about apps? It will start in the USA, should other countries follow suit? What does the step mean directly for users? What further development seems to be foreseeable?
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