Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/26/21: Apple Scanning Photos on User Devices

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Apple has announced that it’s next software update for iPhones and iPads will contain software that will scan photos on a user’s device before thye are uploaded to a user’s iCloud account for any images that contain Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). CSAM is a problem on today’s web and Apple’s new initiative sounds like a useful approach, and one that is more private than scanning all of a user’s photos stored in the cloud. Some are applauding Apple but over 7000 security experts and over 100 civic, human rights, and privacy organizations definitely are not. Here’s why.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.