Those of us who are really tuned in to the alternative media and who are “privacy conscious,” have probably heard already about Apple’s plans to scan the iPhones of their customers, starting with the rollout of IOS 15 this fall.
To me, this was quite a shock. Stories about the NSA backdoor in Windows have been circulating since Windows 98 has been around, and that is quite a while ago. Edward Snowden confirmed that these are not just stories, by the way. But Apple? Truly sad.
One could argue that this is a good thing, this backdoor. If enough precautions are taken, why not use this technology to increase the chance of bringing child molesters to justice? Yet this strategy is a very dangerous one, and privacy is a basic human right, not to be violated.
I am therefore grateful that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has started a petition to encourage Apple to stop its plans to scan our phones. This beautiful organization fights tirelessly for this one basic human right that is so often trampled on these days: the right to privacy.
The petition says: “Don’t Scan Our Phones. The ‘child safety’ changes Apple plans to install on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey undermine user privacy, and break the promise of end-to-end encryption. I urge Apple to reconsider these systems. Continuous scanning of images won’t make kids safer, and may well put more of them in danger. Installing the photo-scanning software on our phones will spur governments around the world to ask for more surveillance and censorship abilities than they already have.”
Clear language. I have signed the petition and urge you to do the same using the link below. Thank you!
SIGN THE EFF PETITION
TELL APPLE NOT TO SCAN OUR PHONES