What you need to know
- Apple's controversial child safety measures continue to draw attention.
- Thousands of people have signed an open letter to the company over the issue.
- The letter is backed by multiple organizations and public figures including Edward Snowden.
Thousands of people online have signed an open letter to Apple calling for a halt to some of its recently announced Child Safety measures over privacy and security concerns.
A letter hosted at appleprivacyletter.com has garnered over 3,700 signatures in less than 24 hours and has been undersigned by several organizations as well as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Matthew D. Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University who leaked Apple's plans prior to the announcement. The letter states:
The letter notes expert objections from groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and more. The letter continues:
The letter asks that Apple "immediately" halt the deployment of "its proposed content monitoring technology", and that Apple issues a statement "reaffirming their commitment to end-to-end encryption and to user privacy."
You can read a full rundown of Apple's recently announced policies here.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9