Apple plans to leak confidential data of smartphone owners to the US government
A series of protests across the country are slated to take place early next week. It is reported that Apple Corporation is going to integrate software that will allow a third party to access photos and messages from owners of Apple products.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) activists will lead a protest on Monday, September 13, at 6 pm PT, demanding Apple drop its planned iPhone surveillance software program, which will endanger the privacy and security of its customers and open a backdoor to increased surveillance around the world.
“Users want the devices they have purchased to work for them—not to spy on them for others,” said Joe Mullin, a policy analyst on EFF’s activism team who will speak at Monday’s protest. “Delaying the program is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough. Apple needs to take the next step to protect its users and abandon the program.”
Protests will take place at Apple's official dealerships in Boston, Portland, Atlanta, and other cities.
Naturally, the US government, and possibly other countries in which Apple's products are sold, have agreed with a technology corporation that such leaks are necessary to track child pornography and the timely arrest of pedophiles.
“The iPhone surveillance software will continuously scan user photos to compare them to a secret government-created database of child abuse images. The parental notification scanner uses on-device machine learning to scan messages, then informs a third party, which breaks the promise of end-to-end encryption. Apple’s new surveillance infrastructure will be all too easy for governments to redirect to greater surveillance and censorship,” the Washington Gazette reports.
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