Apple delays plan to scan iPhones for child abuse

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Apple has delayed plans to roll out detection technology which would have scanned US users’ iPhones in search of child sexual abuse material.

“Previously we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them and to help limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material,”according to company. “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.” Apple for years has promised its devices and software are designed with privacy in mind, representing an alternative to devices built with Google’s Android software.

“We absolutely value privacy and want to avoid mass surveillance in any form from government, but to fail children and fail the survivors of child sexual abuse by saying we’re not going to look for known rape videos and images of children because of some extreme future that may never happen just seems wholly wrong to me,” said Glen Pounder, chief operating officer of Child Rescue Coalition.

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