Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 21:31 UTC
Apple Well paint me red and call me a girl scout. "In its latest push to get porn off your computer, Apple now deletes all iCloud emails that contain the phrase 'barely legal teens'. It doesn't send the messages to spam, or flag them, it just straight up deletes them, and there's nothing you can do about it." So, at least we can finally put that silly myth to rest that Apple respects users' privacy. They scan your emails, including attachments, just like everyone else.
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RE[2]: Actually, no, it doesn't...
by novad on Wed 27th Feb 2013 07:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Actually, no, it doesn't..."
novad
Member since:
2010-06-10

Is it only in some regions (US for example)?

Is it a scan on a regular basis that deletes the mail after it has been received (every day at 23:00 for example)?

Is it a technical error that deleted them instead of flagging them in an internal database (Which would mean that every mail is indexed by Apple what raises another problem)?

Or is it pure FUD?

I don't have the answer but I admit that I would love to know.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Cult of Mac confirmed it even though I assume they would tend to be more biased towards Apple.

(many more people confirm it doesn't happen)

I don't think Apple cares were you live, so if they really wanted to ban this subject-line they would enforce it on all users on their servers in the US. For me it's also easy to ban certain subject, but I have no clue how to do this based on country or US state. It makes it a lot more complicated and not 100% reliable.

Banning porn emails based on subjects is also very unreliable. And I don't think Apple should do it. Never mind privacy, but if Apple block porn and parents still find porn in the iCloud inbox they can blame Apple for not doing a good enough job. So they might as well not do it so they can't be blamed either.

I know it's a common spam subject, so it could be the may or may not be blocking it or perhaps they were temporary blocking it during a spam run.

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novad Member since:
2010-06-10

Banning porn emails based on subjects is also very unreliable. And I don't think Apple should do it. Never mind privacy, but if Apple block porn and parents still find porn in the iCloud inbox they can blame Apple for not doing a good enough job. So they might as well not do it so they can't be blamed either.


For this one I don't agree with you... There's parental control for that. If parents set an option to remove pron related Stuff... OK. No problem with that. BUT, removing legal content (Whatever this content is) without the consent of the user is another problem.

I know it's a common spam subject, so it could be the may or may not be blocking it or perhaps they were temporary blocking it during a spam run.


Maybe. As I said. I would be curious to know exactly what happened... But I think that won't happen.

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