Aug 13, 2021

Apple regrets confusion over 'iPhone scanning'

Apple says its announcement of automated tools to detect child sexual abuse on the iPhone and iPad was "Jumbled pretty badly". On 5 August, the company revealed new image detection software that can alert Apple if known illegal images are uploaded to its iCloud storage. If a user tries to upload several images that match child abuse fingerprints, their account will be flagged to Apple so the specific images can be reviewed. If activated, the system would check photographs sent by - or to - the child over Apple's iMessage app. Mr Federighi said the "Soundbyte" that spread after the announcement was that Apple was scanning iPhones for images.

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