In one fell swoop, Apple destroyed its reputation for privacy and security, surpassing even Facebook and Google in violating user trust:
Edward Snowden: The All-Seeing "i": Apple Just Declared War on Your Privacy
New York Times: Apple’s Illusion of Privacy Is Getting Harder to Sell
Mac Observer: Apple, You Broke Your Privacy Promises and Our Hearts
Freedom of the Press Foundation: Apple’s device surveillance plan is a threat to user privacy — and press freedom
Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp at Facebook: [T]his is the wrong approach and a setback for people's privacy all over the world.
and then had the temerity to not only blame critics for their "misunderstanding", but also to call the scheme an "advancement" in privacy!
Apple has promised to refuse government demands to expand the surveillance, but their record is not exactly reassuring:
not to mention that the technology itself is fundamentally broken:
inexorably leading to such outcomes as:
As Ars explains:
[T]he system's current design doesn't prevent it from being redesigned and used for other purposes in the future. The new photo-scanning technology itself is a major change for a company that has used privacy as a selling point for years and calls privacy a "fundamental human right."
NebajX pierces to the very heart of the matter:
Do we allow police a daily search of our homes because we have nothing to hide?
It’s now crystal clear why Apple tried to exclude dozens of its own processes from network monitoring last year; to pave the way for total (and leaky and dangerous) control over our digital lives.
Topping it all off, the system as currently sold is simply farcical on the face of it:
The Atlantic: Your Phone Is Your Private Space
Without evidence of wrongdoing, neither public agents nor private companies should be rifling through the photos on your personal devices.
Macintstruct: Protecting Your Privacy While Using Apple Devices
Russell Graves: Apple, CSAM Scanning, and You
/mac | Aug 26, 2021
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