Apple Set To Detects Child Sexual Abuse Images for US iPhones

The International tech giant, Apple, has revealed that a new system will be included in iPhones that will automatically scan those devices to identify if they contain any media featuring child sexual abuse in the United States of America.

The company said that this is part of a range of child protection features launching later this year through updates to iOS 15 and iPadOS and will compare the images on users’ devices to a database of known abuse images.

While explaining how the feature will work, Apple said, if a match is found, it will report the incident to the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). It also emphasized that the technology will also catch edited but similar versions of original images.

Among the other features announced by Apple are a move to scan end-to-end encrypted messages on behalf of parents to identify when a child receives or sends a sexually explicit photo, offering them helpful resources and reassuring the children that it is okay if they do not want to view this photo.

Aside NCMEC, Apple doesn’t state which other national authorities it will contact outside of the US, nor whether the features will be available outside of the US.

The system, according to the company has high level and f accuracy and less error in 1 out of trillion pwr year and concluded that the new technology offers significant privacy benefits compared to existing techniques.

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