Hacking: the French are afraid for their intimate photos

Data protection matters more and more to the French. A study shows that four out of ten French people are afraid of having intimate photos hacked.

Nearly four out of ten French people are afraid of having intimate photos hacked. More than a third of French people have intimate photos on their phone, computer or in the cloud.

To be precise, the question asked by the Ifop institute in this study of 1,000 representative French people was the following: “in the perspective of piracy, do the following risks worry you?” At the top of the list comes the theft of bank data (88%) ahead of identity theft (86%) and loss of data on their computer (80%). Quite logical results. But posting photos of you or your partner naked or stripped peaks at 38%. 26% of French people even say they are very worried.

Women more worried than men

If we go into detail, women are more worried than men (41 against 36%) and it is mainly young people: 63% of 18-24 year olds. Which means that nearly two-thirds of this age group have this kind of photo on their electronic devices or stored via social media messengers.

This practice is relatively risky, because of the risk of hacking, whether of a computer, a telephone or a platform (social network, cloud service, etc.) which hosts its photos. Not to mention the risks of “revenge porn”, posting photos on the internet without consent after a breakup, for example, a relatively common practice unfortunately.

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Anti-nude features

Some applications are beginning to embed “anti nude” features, in other words selfies in your simplest device, such as FamiSafe for example, which will automatically detect explicit content on the smartphone, whether suspicious photos or sext messages. . The software analyzes the keyboard and the words we use and sends an alert message in case of too daring content.

We also have plenty of applications that allow you to track your child or teenager, there are even spy applications that can be installed without their knowledge to see everything they do. Frankly, one can doubt the effectiveness of these tools which rely on electronic monitoring rather than discussion: teenagers will always find a roundabout way (including to hide certain photos away from any parental control, one can create files hidden under the icon of an application that seems innocent, like a calculator, but that will be the subject of another column).

These tracking applications are above all a very lucrative business, since you have to pay around 60 euros per year to remotely monitor your teenager’s smartphone. A sum that many parents who are a little anxious are ready to pay.

A phone that prevents taking nude photos

The Tone e20 is marketed in Japan. Its main selling point is that it is natively equipped with an application that cannot be uninstalled which prevents taking and sending “nudes”. The objective is to prevent children and teenagers from being trapped by predators who encourage them to send naked photos.

It is an on-board artificial intelligence that will analyze the image you are about to take a picture of and detect nudity (the clothes you are wearing and the amount of skin you are exposing in the photo). If the algorithm considers that the limits have been crossed – on what criteria we do not know – we cannot press the camera button, which freezes.

The image cannot be saved or sent. And, the height of shame, a blurred version of the image is sent to the parents, with the date and the place where the shot was – or rather was not – taken. We do not know, on the other hand, if we can take a nude painting in the Louvre for example, we know that the image recognition tools are often deceived there.

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Hacking: the French are afraid for their intimate photos


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