When we brought you the story about Apple’s proposed child protection features in upcoming iOS updates, we knew the company was in for it as far as privacy advocates were concerned.
And even after Apple explained how the system would work, the controversy around it really didn’t die down.
So it’s no surprise that we’re bringing you word today that Apple is delaying the rollout of these new features.
The company said as much in an official statement to online outlet The Verge:
“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. 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 three major aspects of the system were a monitored search and Siri feature in addition to scanning photos for evidence of child abuse as well as monitoring the sending/receipt of such material on a minor’s iPhone. This latter feature would alert the child’s parents if such material was being viewed or exchanged. That along with the photo library scanning feature had some iPhone users worried about privacy and it seems like the message got through.
But the changes are still coming if reworked somewhat from the original incarnation that Apple planned on releasing. It will be interesting to see how Cupertino navigates this in the future and whether or not the changes satisfy privacy watchdogs.
Do you think Apple’s delay is a smart move or should they cancel this program altogether? Let us know what you think of Apple’s proposed child protection features in the comments below.
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