Right after announcing that it would scan your devices and iCloud for child sexual abuse images, Apple faced a strong backlash. So strong, in fact, that the company has decided to postpone the controversial feature. At least for a while.
Apple recently announced a new set of features aimed at combatting Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM), which include the ability to scan a user’s phone and iMessages. Since the announcement, the company has reiterated the numerous safeguards that they developed, but privacy advocates have bemoaned the potential for abuse and “mission creep.”
Apple announced last week that it would start scanning your iPhones and iCloud for photos of child sexual abuse. The new feature sparked a lot of controversy and concern among both users and other companies. When asked whether it would apply the same technology, WhatsApp said it wouldn’t, while at the same time calling Apple’s move “surveillance.”
Apple has announced that it’s about to increase its efforts to improve child safety. Starting from iOS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS Monterey, the company will scan your messages, Siri, searches, and photos in search for content that can be connected with child sexual abuse.
Well, this is one of the more disgusting photography-related bits of news I’ve heard lately. A Melbourne, Australia based photographer has been called out online after a photo was shared online of his “Consent and Release Form” which includes a “sexual arousal” clause and an agreement for “comfortable” models to “participate in sexual activity”.
It is claimed that this is the contact he presents to models, which they must sign in order for a shoot to happen. Yes, I’m going to get opinionated in this one. Sorry, not sorry.
Australian music photographer Jack Stafford has recently been accused of sexual misconduct. Over the course of just four days, more than 100 women to come forward and gave statements about his behavior. Eventually, he issued a public apology and admitted: “I am an abuser.”
Carlsbad photographer Robert Koester has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual misconduct. He was accused of sexually assaulting and raping teen models he was paid to photograph, and the evidence suggests that some of them were even drugged and unconscious during the abuse.