Apple removes references to CSAM phone scanning from its website

Apple quietly removed references to it Controversial scheme to scan user’s iPhone for potentially child molestation (CSAM) material from its website.

Checking for references to the plan was first reported by MacRumors. The plan was finally delayed after the tech giant received a wave of criticism from security experts and privacy advocates about its features, including scanning user photos and messages for child sexual abuse and sexually explicit material.

Specifically, Apple says users’ phones will scan photos synced with iCloud photos for known photos of sexually abusive images. Additionally, the company said it will scan messages from users under the age of 18 for sexually explicit content and will warn parents if such content is on a device intended for users under the age of 13.

There is immediate concern about how this technology could be used in the future and how it might affect children who do not have a good relationship with their parents. A group of more than 90 organizations tell Apple that the technology could be used to “censor protected speech, threaten the privacy and security of people around the world, and have disastrous consequences for many children.”

Amid criticism, Apple announced in September that it had pausing feature rollout, says it is doing so “based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others.”

In an announcement on its website, the company said it will need “additional time in the coming months” to “gather input and make improvements before releasing critically important features.” about the safety of this child”.

However, that notice — and specific information about the photo scanning technology — is no longer visible on Apple’s website.

Archived versions of the Apple Child Safety website showing a message about the delay and references to the CSAM scan. However, the page no more show today’s date.

In a statement to the Verge, Apple said the company’s stance has not changed since it announced the delay in September.

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* First published: December 15, 2021, 11:57 a.m. CST

Andrew Wyrich

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