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Apple delays launch of child protection features amid protests from users, privacy activists

New Delhi: Tech giant Apple has announced a delay in the launch of child protection features after negative feedback last month. Planned features include scanning users’ iCloud photo libraries for child sexual abuse material (CSAM), communications security to warn children and their parents when they receive or send sexually explicit photos, and expanded to Siri and Search CSAM guidance is included, reports MacRumors.

Apple confirmed that feedback from customers, nonprofit and advocacy groups, researchers and others about the plans has prompted delays in giving the company time to improve.

Apple issued the following statement regarding its decision.

“Last month we announced plans aimed at helping protect children from predators who use and exploit communication devices, and limit the spread of child sexual abuse material,” the company said. “

“Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to gather input and make improvements before releasing these important child safety features.”

Following their announcement, the features were criticized by a wide range of individuals and organizations, including security researchers, privacy whistleblower Edward Snowden, Facebook’s former security chief, politicians, and more.

Apple has since tried to clear up misconceptions and reassure users by releasing detailed information, sharing frequently asked questions, various new documents, interviews with company executives, and more.

The suite of child safety features was originally set to debut in the US with updates to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey. Read also: IRCTC Cruise Booking: Indian Railways launches new packages for tourists to visit serene beaches on cruise

It’s no longer clear when Apple plans to roll out “critically important” features, but the company still intends to release them, it appears. Read also: WhatsApp introduces Money Heist stickers: Here’s how to download the ‘Sticker Heist’ pack

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