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Doing this through the privacy settings may allow for rudimentary file scanning on an iOS device (even with sandboxed apps being a thing). It wouldn't be perfect, and it's unlikely that any threats would be detected, but it's a start.

If this would be against Apple's policies, even for TestFlight apps, feel free to let me know.

Note: Exploring other privacy settings may also allow for certain other functions to be protected, depending on what's actually there to be protected, and what ways such data can be protected without interfering with system operation.



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That would not help with detection of iOS malware, and worse, attempting to scan that kind of media and calling it scanning for malware would be grounds for immediate removal of an app from the App Store (or rejection of a new build, if Apple's App Store team spotted the claim during the review process). Apple does not tolerate any apps in the App Store that claim to be antivirus apps, since that is simply not a claim that can be true on iOS.

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