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90 Policy Groups Call On Apple To "Abandon" '1984'-Style Surveillance Tool

More than 90 civil society organizations wrote an open letter to Apple, demanding the company abandon its surveillance tool that plans to be integrated into iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products that will scan images before they are uploaded to iCloud for child pornography.

"Though these capabilities are intended to protect children and to reduce the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM), we are concerned that they will be used to censor protected speech, threaten the privacy and security of people around the world, and have disastrous consequences for many children," the open letter wrote, which was organized by the US-based nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT).

The '1984'-style surveillance tool, called "neuralMatch," is expected to be installed on US iPhones via a software update. The artificial intelligence system can proactively inform a human team of reviewers if it finds a CSAM on a user's Apple device. If reviewers confirm the material, law enforcement will be contacted.

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