What you need to know
- Apple unveiled controversial new Child Safety measures last week.
- The company has now posted an FAQ to tackle some questions and concerns about the policy.
- In particular it seems keen to address the difference between CSAM scanning and a new communication safety feature in Messages.
Apple has published a new FAQ to tackle some of the questions and concerns raised regarding its new Child Safety measures announced last week.
The new FAQ accompanies a series of technical explanations about recently-announced technology that can detect Child Sexual Abuse Material uploaded to iCloud Photos, as well as a new feature that can use machine learning to identify if a child sends or receives sexually explicit images. In the new FAQ Apple appears particularly concerned with establishing the difference between these two new feautures, a snippet:
Questions also cover concerns about Messages being shared with law enforcement, if Apple is breaking end-to-end encryption, CSAM images, scanning photos, and more. It also addresses whether CSAM detection could be used to detect anything else (no), and whether Apple would add non-CSAM images to the technology at the behest of a government:
Apple's plans have raised concerns in the security community and have generated some public outcry from public figures such as NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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