Came back to work on Friday after enjoying an extra couple of days off only to be reminded of the constant barrage of calls because of the lock down – people forgetting their password, being taught how to add their debit or credit card to the website etc. hopefully things will start to calm down when Auckland moves from level 4 to level 3 but that won’t be for another 2 weeks. On 6 September the government will assess whether the rest of New Zealand will stay at level 3 or move down to level 2 – part of me wishes to stay at level 3 because I prefer working from home than having to get up early to go to work each day.

It appears that after a lot of ‘feedback’ (if we’re going to use a euphemism for the uproar by the online tech media, security and privacy experts) it appears that Apple is going to put the whole CSAM scanning on the back burner for now (link) or to quote what they said:

“Last month we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material. Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features.”

If Apple were genuinely concerned about ‘getting it right’ they should have raised their ideas up the flag pole, announce that they’re looking into said technologies and invite feedback before making any sort of decision about whether to implement it in their products and if implemented what safeguards are in place to address the concerns that are raised during the consultation process. All of this could also have been avoided by having the scanning to occur on the server as the photos are uploaded rather than it being done on the device (like they do with mail). It is amazing how a multi-billion company can screw up something so basic but then again this is the same company that cursed users with discoveryd only for Apple to take 4 updates late (macOS 10.10.4)r that it was a foolish decision and decide to replace it with mDNSresponder.

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