at 06 Aug 2021 14:17
As we read today, Apple has decided to search our most private files for indications of child abuse and grooming from now on. First, iClouds will be searched for previously existing material, soon also devices. The search for new material is more difficult, but that is apparently soon to come. (Here, particularly many false positives and blackmail material in foreign hands is to be expected). Also: Parents can be notified if their children exchange nude pictures in iChat messages. For the company, that likes to maintain a privacy-friendly image, this step is a paradigm shift – Pandora's box is being opened.
The proximity in time alone suggests that the legalization of this practice in the EU was an important "go" signal for the company. We see it as a matter of time, that the hashes being sought will be extended to potentially criminal and political content. If you want to prevent a further tightening – towards an obligation to all providers in the EU – and want to end the existing ePrivacy derogation as soon as possible, please sign and spread our open letter. Thank you!!