What you need to know
- Jane Horvath, Apple's chief privacy officer spoke at CES yesterday.
- Horvath said Apple uses technology to screen for specific photos.
- Images found are "reported."
This story has been updated to reflect a change made to the original story from The Telegraph. From the source article: "This story originally said Apple screens photos when they are uploaded to iCloud, Apple's cloud storage service. Ms Horvath and Apple's disclaimer did not mention iCloud, and the company has not specified how it screens material, saying this information could help criminals."
Jane Horvath, Apple's Senior Director of Global Privacy, spoke during a CES panel yesterday and confirmed that Apple scans photos to ensure that they don't contain anything illegal.
The Telegraph reports:
While there will surely be people who have an issue with this, Apple isn't the first company to scan images in this way. Many companies use software called PhotoDNA (opens in new tab) – a solution that was specifically designed to help prevent child exploitation.
Now that's surely something we can all agree with.
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So, if they're just doing it on their cloud services, sounds more "private" but also like Apple doesn't want a lawsuit for having data stored on their side.
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