Apple’s proposed surveillance tech for iPhones aimed at child protection was seriously flawed

Client-side scanning aimed at child protection was seriously flawed

A report by some of the best-known names in computer security  warns that CSS would introduce unacceptably serious security and privacy risks. Photograph: Getty

A report by some of the best-known names in computer security warns that CSS would introduce unacceptably serious security and privacy risks. Photograph: Getty

Apple’s announcement in August that the iPhones of people in the US would be scanned automatically for images of child sexual abuse provoked controversy from the start.

 Apple’s proposed system, which uses a technique called client-side scanning (CSS), has become a telling example of an unsound idea which initially might look fine, even laudable.

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