Apple has recently announced a CSAM tool for iPhone users in America. Since the announcement, the new scanner for child sexual abuse material has been in controversy. Now, Manuel Hoferlin, Digital Agenda Committee chairman of the German parliament has recently written a letter to Tim Cook. The letter is regarding the privacy concerns about the tool.
Hoferlin discussed the consequences of carrying out the CSAM tool.
As per reports, the Digital Agenda committee chief thinks that Apple is going on a “dangerous path” as it executes the technology. The letter also mentioned that the tool would affect “safe and confidential communication” on channels owned by Apple.
Hoferlin expressed the technology as “the largest surveillance instrument of history.” And said that it will eventually lead to a fall in the market for Apple.
The anti-CSAM features three apple services which include Messages, iCloud Photos, and Siri and Search.
However, Apple says it will use machine learning processes on these features to scan them for possible CSAM content. The process will have no link with the Apple server and will only work on the user’s device. With this Apple has clarified that the tool is “solely to detect known CSAM images stored in iCloud Photos.”
Apple ensured that it will keep user’s privacy their first priority and will not use this tool for any other purpose even if the government asked it to do so. With this, it tried to rule out the doubts regarding the user’s privacy concern.
Although, this tool will only be implemented for users in the USA a letter from the German Parliament may refrain Apple to introduce it in Germany.