Jane Horvath, Apple?s senior director of global privacy, confirmed that the company uses certain technologies to select and locate child pornography in photos stored on iCloud.
In his speech at CES 2020 dedicated to privacy, Horvath also mentioned a little-known aspect that allows Apple to find certain types of images on iCloud. In practice, the company scans photos uploaded to iCloud to make sure they don't contain anything illegal.
More specifically, Horvath mentioned child abuse, claiming that Apple uses certain technologies to help select images containing child sexual abuse .
Apple is not the first company to digitize images this way. Many companies use software called PhotoDNA, a solution specifically designed to help prevent child exploitation.