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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

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The researchers said their findings indicated the technology was not effective at identifying images of child sexual abuse.

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Over a dozen cybersecurity experts criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union (EU) to scan phones for illegal content, warning they would encourage government surveillance.

Apple said its client-side scanning tool would process images on iPhones uploaded to the iCloud storage service, and compare image fingerprints against a database of child sexual abuse material to find matches.

Privacy advocates balked, suggesting the technology could undermine digital privacy and be used by authoritarian regimes to suppress dissent.

The cybersecurity experts said EU documents suggest the bloc's government desires a similar program to police encrypted devices for evidence of child sexual abuse, organized crime, and terrorist activity.

They also called Apple's technology ineffective, noting people had posted workarounds shortly after the company announced its plans.

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