Apple Addresses Concerns to Scan U.S. iPhones in Internal Memo, Says It Maintains Company’s Deep Commitment to User Privacy

Apple has been under the spotlight recently following media reports that the company provides law enforcement with key data on iPhones that is used in criminal investigations. The controversy started when a court order was issued requiring Apple to submit the data on an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif. Apple has refused to comply, prompting complaints from U.S. federal investigators.

Apple’s iPhone security policy has long been a source of controversy for many users, and while some may consider the level of security to be excessive, others believe the company is justified in wanting to secure its devices and protect customers who trust the company with their data. The company has recently been in the news after users speculated that the government might have access to its source code, and it has also been under fire for an alleged tax evasion scandal.

Apple has responded to concerns raised in a secret memo leaked to the press that the company will start scanning Apple users’ iPhones with the new iOS 13 software. In a memo reportedly sent to all Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook wrote, “We are completely opposed to the idea that Apple should build a back door to the iPhone, or to anyone else’s device, and we refuse to build a backdoor to the iPhone for anyone.”

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Apple said yesterday in an article headlined “enhanced safeguards for children” that as part of its effort to help protect children, it will scan iPhones in the United States for pictures of child sexual assault.

Despite Apple’s ostensibly laudable intentions, which cannot be denied, many readers have expressed displeasure with the announcement, with some claiming that it is just a cunning method for the corporation to give itself capabilities that enable it to examine customers’ personal data at whim.

Following criticism from prominent figures such as Edward Snowden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 9to5Mac has obtained a copy of an internal Apple letter that shows the firm is aware of the widespread opposition but has no intentions to change direction.

Instead, Apple will concentrate on teaching individuals who have “misunderstandings” about its new scanning methods and are “concerned about the consequences.” Apple maintains that customer privacy is still a top priority for the company.

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Today is the formal public debut of Expanded Protections for Children, and I’d want to thank each and every one of you for your tireless efforts over the past several years. We would not have made it to this point without your unwavering commitment and perseverance.

It is such an essential job to keep children safe. Pursuing this objective has taken significant cross-functional commitment from Engineering, GA, HI, Legal, Product Marketing, and PR, in classic Apple manner. What we’re announcing today is the result of this amazing cooperation, which provides tools to safeguard youngsters while still upholding Apple’s commitment to user privacy.

Today, we’ve received a lot of good feedback. We realize that some individuals are confused, and that others are concerned about the consequences, but we will continue to clarify and describe the features so that everyone understands what we’ve created. And, although we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to provide the features in the next months, I wanted to share this letter from NCMEC that we got today. It was very inspiring for me, and I hope it will be for you as well.

I am honored to be a part of such a fantastic team at Apple. Thank you very much!

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