Edward Snowden Calls Out Apple’s Plan to Spy on Your Phone

Apple’s CSAM detection feature is the topic of Edward Snowden’s latest editorial on Substack, with the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower turned journalist calling the strategy a “tragedy.”

In a Wednesday installment of his newsletter, Snowden dispenses with technical refutations of Apple’s CSAM system and cuts to the chase, saying the solution will “permanently redefine what belongs to you, and what belongs to them.”

The feature, which is slated to roll out with iOS 15 this fall, will hash and match user photos marked for upload to iCloud against a hashed database of known CSAM pulled from at least two different entities. Importantly, and unlike existing systems, Apple’s variation conducts all processing on-device. This will, according to Snowden, “erase the boundary dividing which devices work for you, and which devices work for them.”

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Apple’s CSAM detection feature is the topic of Edward Snowden’s latest editorial on Substack, with the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower turned journalist calling the strategy a “tragedy.”

In a Wednesday installment of his newsletter, Snowden dispenses with technical refutations of Apple’s CSAM system and cuts to the chase, saying the solution will “permanently redefine what belongs to you, and what belongs to them.”

The feature, which is slated to roll out with iOS 15 this fall, will hash and match user photos marked for upload to iCloud against a hashed database of known CSAM pulled from at least two different entities. Importantly, and unlike existing systems, Apple’s variation conducts all processing on-device. This will, according to Snowden, “erase the boundary dividing which devices work for you, and which devices work for them.”

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