Researchers Condemn Apple’s Proposed Phone-Scanning Features

Researchers Condemn Apple’s Proposed Phone-Scanning Features

Apple's plans to implement new phone-scanning features have been heavily criticized by more than a dozen cybersecurity experts.

The tech company announced in August its intention to start scanning iPhone users' iCloud Photos libraries. Apple presented the move under the pretext that it would locate users' caches of illicit content, including child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

In September, after its plans to introduce the new technology were widely condemned, Apple said the launch of the phone-scanning feature would be delayed for an unspecified period while it took "additional time" to consult.

In a new 46-page study, cybersecurity experts concluded that Apple's new monitoring plans were invasive and ineffective, and reliant upon "dangerous technology."

After analyzing the technology involved in Apple's plans, the researchers found that it was not effective at identifying images of children being sexually abused. Editing images just slightly was found to be enough to avoid detection. 

"It's allowing scanning of a personal private device without any probable cause for anything illegitimate being done," said Susan Landau, one of the researchers and a professor of cybersecurity and policy at Tufts University. 

"It's extraordinarily dangerous. It's dangerous for business, national security, for

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