Updated on December 19, 2021 at 10:11 pm
A deck I put together for the team at work to discuss this topic.
My personal view on this is I’ll be waiting before I upgrade any of my devices or computers to the versions that contain the CSAM scanning. I’ve already turned off iCloud syncing which supposedly is a way to “opt-out” of the scanning.
I don’t necessarily have an issue with the scanning itself, everyone does it on cloud storage which is completely understandable.
I do however have a problem with it being done on a device I in theory own and using my processing power to do it.
Use your own processing power Apple.
I don’t pretend to understand all the intricate details of how CSAM will work on an Apple device, however I do know that complexity can be the enemy of security and on the surface this looks complex in the name of selling how secure it is.
I love Apple products, however between the whole lack of ports on MacBook Pros and now this, they seem to keep giving me reasons not to buy their products.
I was looking forward to getting a new Apple Watch… that may have to wait now.
Update: Apple announced today they will delay deployment of the scanning to work on improvements…
Update: Apple will release this feature in iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2, and macOS 12.1 and has removed all mention of it from its Child Safety page.