The Universal-Deployment Edition Sunday, October 17, 2021

Apple’s Plan To Scan Images Will Allow Governments Into Smartphones, by John Naughton, The Guardian

The drive behind the CSS lobbying is that the scanning software be installed on all smartphones rather than installed covertly on the devices of suspects or by court order on those of ex-offenders. Such universal deployment would threaten the security of law-abiding citizens as well as lawbreakers. And even though CSS still allows end-to-end encryption, this is moot if the message has already been scanned for targeted content before it was dispatched. Similarly, while Apple’s implementation of the technology simply scans for images, it doesn’t take much to imagine political regimes scanning text for names, memes, political views and so on.

Woman Realizes AirTag Has Been Tracking Her For Hours — But Police Say They Can’t Do Anything Until Stalker Shows Up, by Alice Kelly, Your Tango

Apple appears to misunderstand how exactly stalking happens and who is doing it.

In three out of four cases, stalkers are someone familiar to a victim. And most commonly, they are a current or former partner.

Many people live with their stalker or have to see them regularly, especially if they share children with them.

Apple’s Privacy Changes Create Windfall For Its Own Advertising Business, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

Apple’s advertising business has more than tripled its market share in the six months after it introduced privacy changes to iPhones that obstructed rivals, including Facebook, from targeting ads at consumers.

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