Are Apple’s tools against child abuse bad for your privacy?

Apple has for years worked to make iPhones more secure and, in turn, has made privacy central to its marketing pitch. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Apple unveiled a plan early this month based on good intentions: Root out images of child sexual abuse from iPhones.

But as is often the case when changes are made to digital privacy and security, technology experts quickly identified the downside: Apple's approach to scanning people's private photos could give law enforcement authorities and governments a new way to surveil citizens and persecute dissidents. Once one chip in privacy armour is identified, anyone can attack it, they argued.

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