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Weekly News Digest

September 14, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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EFF Puts Pressure on Apple to End Its iPhone-Scanning Project

On. Sept. 13, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) led a protest demanding that Apple discontinue the development of its iPhone surveillance software program because it endangers the privacy and security of its customers and could create increased surveillance activity globally. EFF notes, “The iPhone surveillance software will continuously scan user photos to compare them to a secret government-created database of child abuse images. The parental notification scanner uses on-device machine learning to scan messages, then informs a third party, which breaks the promise of end-to-end encryption. Apple’s new surveillance infrastructure will be all too easy for governments to redirect to greater surveillance and censorship.”

The rally was planned for the front of Apple’s flagship store in San Francisco. There will also be rallies at Apple Stores in other cities, including Boston, Portland, Atlanta. In addition, EFF is flying an aerial banner over Apple’s campus during the Sept. 14 iPhone launch event. It has delivered petitions that have 60,000 signatures telling Apple not to implement the phone-scanning program. And it has joined the Center for Democracy and Technology, along with 90-plus other organizations, in sending a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

For more information, read the press release.

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