Link: “Apple is trying to redefine what it means to violate your privacy. We must not let it.” by Aral Balkan

Original post found at: https://ar.al/2021/08/08/apple-is-trying-to-redefine-what-it-means-to-violate-your-privacy-we-must-not-let-it/

There’s been a lot of outrage on social media in recent days about Apple’s decision to scan photos on people’s phones for hash collisions with material that has been reported to them to be CSAM (but as we’re likely talking hash lists originating with states, who knows – as I’ve seen asked online, “How long before the Tank Man photo appears on this list?”). This isn’t a bad blog post on the matter. Aral does also make the point that we can’t really blame consumers for being stuck between a rock and a hard place – it’s increasingly expected these days that everyone has a smartphone (for purposes like 2FA, mobile banking, Covid-19 check-ins…) and nothing outside the duopoly of Apple and Google is supported well enough to serve these purposes. People shouldn’t be expected to choose between privacy violations and living a reasonably normal, modern life… and yet…

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