Sep 3, 2021

Apple delays plan to scan iPhones for child abuse

Apple has delayed plans to roll out detection technology which would have scanned US users' iPhones in search of child sexual abuse material. In a statement, Apple said: "Last month we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limit the spread of child sexual abuse material."It was due to launch later in the year. "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features." The Electronic Frontiers Foundation said that while child exploitation was a serious problem, Apple's attempt to "Build a backdoor" into its data storage and messaging systems was fraught with issues. Apple has been an exponent of privacy and end-to-end encryption in the past.

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