Apple delays child abuse photo scanning planned for iOS 15

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Apple announced a new Child Safety policy to automatically scan user photos for child sexual assault material (CSAM) last month, spurring an outcry from privacy advocates and consumers about privacy rights violations and potential government exploitation. Now Apple is delaying the rollout of the tech to solicit feedback ‘over the coming months’ before its full release.

Apple previously planned to include its CSAM-scanning tech and an accompanying optional policy to screen sexual content in iMessages for youth in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, which are expected to launch alongside the iPhone 13 (rumored to be unveiled on September 14). It would have gone live in the US, with no stated plans for a global rollout. iHere’s Apple’s full statement on the delay, per TechCrunch:

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