According to the Associated Press, Apple Computer has announced intentions to scan iPhones in the United States, presumably to look for child pornography. Apple’s decision to abandon privacy protections was described by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as “a startling about-face for customers who have depended on the company’s leadership in privacy and security.”
Apple Computer was formerly lauded by security and civil liberties advocates for refusing to provide the FBI access to the iPhone conversations of the San Bernadino Islamist terrorists, who killed 14 people and injured 22 more.
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President Donald Trump lambasted Apple in 2020 for refusing to give him access to the shooter’s password-protected iPhones from the 2019 attack on a Navy base in Pensacola.
Enormous: official confirmation of the allegations regarding Israeli hacking-for-hire company NSO Group's involvement in targeted attacks on EU journalists.
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“Building a client-side scanning technology that can only be utilized for sexually explicit photos sent or received by children is unfeasible. As a result, even a well-intentioned effort to establish such a system will fail to keep essential promises made by the messenger’s encryption and open the door to further abuses […] That’s not a slick slope; that’s a fully functional system just waiting for the tiniest change in external pressure.”
Apple’s changes, according to the Center for Democracy and Technology, “present new risks for children and all users, and signal a significant break from long-held privacy and security protocols”:
Here’s a step-by-step guide for determining whether your phone has been hacked by Pegasus surveillance software for the experienced user.
Richard Abelson is the international correspondent for Gateway Pundit. On Parler or GETTR, you can follow him.