‘Technology to automatically scan all iPhones threatens democracy’, researchers warn

Alexander Martin

A group of cryptographers and computer engineers say introducing the scanning tool would be “an extremely dangerous societal experiment”.

“Instead of having targeted capabilities such as to wiretap communications with a warrant and to perform forensics on seized devices, the agencies’ direction of travel is the bulk scanning of everyone’s private data, all the time, without warrant or suspicion.

“That crosses a red line. Is it prudent to deploy extremely powerful surveillance technology that could easily be extended to undermine basic freedoms?” they ask.


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