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.

Apple CSAM Detection by Craig Smith