Apple Has Opened the Backdoor to Increased Surveillance and Censorship Around the World
Apple’s new program for scanning images sent on iMessage steps back from the company’s prior support for the privacy and security of encrypted messages.
The program, initially limited to the United States, narrows the understanding of end-to-end encryption to allow for client-side scanning. While Apple aims at the scourge of child exploitation and abuse, the company has created an infrastructure that is all too easy to redirect to greater surveillance and censorship. The program will undermine Apple’s defense that it can’t comply with the broader demands.