While Apple’s recent announcement of #Child_Protection is certainly laudable, there are issues in the implementation providing circumstantial evidence of a more #sinister nature. After all, what better banner to rally the troops, than let’s protect the children
First, let’s start when they removed #TouchID and replaced it with #FaceID. after public outcries, they have obstinately lied, promising to bring it back, real soon now. Of course that hasn’t happened, and it makes one wonder…
Might it be that when we unlock our devices with #FaceID, a #hash of your photo is and GPS location are transmitted to a nefarious server. Might not be, but @Tim_Cook has had multiple opportunities to respond, but has been silent.
Secondly, if Apple really wants to help the children, they should use their immense processing power and AI to check photos on #iCloud. Those servers have a lot more power and opportunity to compare hashes when an image is replicated on iCloud, rather than on iDevices.
And I believe there would be a lot less backlash by scanning the iCloud, than what they have proposed. Many other public #services companies do that. After all, there is much less expectation of privacy on the cloud than my own device or PC.
Now let’s understand what they’ve done with #Apps. More and more Apps are only allowed if they store their files in Apple folders, not on their own folders. If you don’t believe me, try to find a #tor #app, which can save in anything than the #Photo folder. Coincidence, I thin not.
Then let’s review how they will scan to protect children. They will scan on our devices, with our #Computing resources and on our dime. But the promise to do what with the hashes they collect? Not upload them until we upload a photo to iCloud? How would that protect children if they know that there is illegal content on one’s idevice but they promise not to alert unless it is uploaded?
Really? How about movies? How about emails between criminals?
I have a theory, which may seem paranoid, but #BigBrother and other #snoop and #surveillance vendors have used, even when illegal; that is, that the reason Apple wants to scan on our iDevices, are, one, because they are afraid we may encrypt them, or (2), they aren’t just scanning photos but #all of our files on a device that can decrypt it, scan it, and re-encrypt it. Which means no #app is safe, #Apple will scan and hash happily away.
Could I be wrong, yes, but their method is awfully suspect of a broader and larger scope than they tell us, including data files and #PII.
This whole thing is akin to giving #Apple a key to our house. They can come in any time they want, search, inventory and take away the inventory. They can then do with it as they will. Don’t believe it? Look what happened in India, China, Russia and other countries. Perhaps @Apple did more to put down the uprising in #HongKong than the Chinese authorities.
#Freedom and #Privacy loving #Apple and @Tim_Cook? Not likely.
Had to add this: #apple included the hash code in #ios14 and has been already collecting our data. How do you like that #privacy?
Note to Apple:
How do I protect myself from Apple spyware in iOS 14 and above. I do not sleep with my door open, and do not let strangers or government agencies in my house without proper judicial warrants. Since you obviously believe it is your right to search through my house for suspicious packages, and you are intent on policing our messages, and fitting chastity belts on my children, I would like to know if I have any recourse than abandoning ALL Apple products.
Better the devil you know, than the friend you don’t.