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Thursday, September 23, 2021

"Federal appeals court: warrant required for police search of files reported by digital algorithm"

From Jurist:

The court’s opinion follows Apple’s announcement last month that it will scan iCloud photos of its users for child sexual abuse material and report suspected files to authorities. Privacy experts have criticized the move.

Tuesday’s ruling and Apple’s announcement raise broader questions about the intersection of algorithm-driven automatic scanning technology and privacy law. The Electronic Privacy Information Center said that the case “may lead the Supreme Court to review the important privacy implications of mass automatic file scanning programs.”

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