WhatsApp lead and other tech experts fire back at Apple’s Child Safety plan



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The chorus of voices expressing concern and dismay over Apple’s new Child Safety measures grew louder over the weekend, as an open letter with more than 4,000 signatures made the rounds online. The Apple Privacy Letter asked the iPhone maker to “reconsider its technology rollout,” lest it undo “decades of work by technologists, academics and policy advocates” on privacy-preserving measures.

Apple’s plan, which it announced on Thursday, involves taking hashes of images uploaded to iCloud and comparing them to a database that contains hashes of known CSAM images. According to Apple, this allows it to keep user data encrypted and run the analysis on-device while still allowing it to report users to the authorities if they’re found to be…

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