“Apple” raised the voice again to confirm that its new tools developed to combat pornography do not affect the privacy feature in its devices and services, which it has long boasted about to stimulate sales, in an initiative not typical of this secretive group on its affairs.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Craig Federighi, the company’s director of software, said, “It’s clear that our messages caused a lot of confusion.”
And last week, Apple revealed new tools that allow better monitoring of photos on its server “iCloud” and its chat service “iMessage”, for children’s accounts linked to a family subscription.
Federighi stressed that the new algorithms do not make the system any less secure or confidential.
Unlike other cloud computing services, “Apple wanted to be able to monitor the images of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the cloud computing system, without having to view the images of users,” the official said.
The group clarified in a document published on its website that the operation of this system requires at least 30 images that were automatically monitored to report on an account that experts personally verify.
Apple’s unveiling of these new tools last week sparked astonishment and controversy in technology circles, especially as the group built a reputation for its keenness on respecting privacy, and it rarely misses an opportunity to disdain its neighbors in Silicon Valley in this regard, the first of which is Facebook.
“Apple is replacing its end-to-end encrypted messaging system with an infrastructure for monitoring and censorship that will be vulnerable to abuses and aberrations not only in the United States, but around the world,” Greg Njeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said in a letter to AFP. “.
An open letter against these technologies garnered the signatures of several non-governmental organizations and more than 7,700 people, including Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the US National Security Agency, who disclosed the intelligence service’s extensive watchlists.
A newspaper article reported internal disagreements within the company in this regard and was widely shared online.
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