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Apple Scanning U.S. iPhones For Child Sexual Abuse Images

Source: Barbara Ortutay and Frank Bajak, The Associated Press Staff, ctvnews.ca August 06, 2021

The system will not flag images not already in the center’s child pornography database.

Apple unveiled plans to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused, including by governments looking to surveil their citizens.

The tool designed to detected known images of child sexual abuse, called “neuralMatch,” will scan images before they are uploaded to iCloud. If it finds a match, the image will be reviewed by a human. If child pornography is confirmed, the user’s account will be disabled and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified.

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