It’s a lot easier to get things done if you claim it’s for child safety. With 2 young children, I’m susceptible to that line of thinking in many ways.
When Apple first announced their intentions revolving around child safety measures and photos, my initial thoughts were positive. I mean, who doesn’t want to protect children?
But the more I thought and read about it (and with input from my wife), I quickly began to see how horribly thought out this idea is. The system could easily be used by nefarious actors for all kinds of questionable reasons.
I think it’s good that today Apple had this to say:
Previously we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them and to help 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.
I don’t think I like that last line, as it implies they’re just kicking the can down the road. Hopefully, the massive amount of negative input from all over (including Edward Snowden) will make them shelve the whole thing.