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Apple delays plans to search devices for child abuse imagery

September 7, 2021

After the uproar from users and privacy advocates about Apple’s controversial plans to scan users’ devices for photos and messages containing child abuse and exploitation media, the company has decided to put the brakes on the plan.

If you may recall, Apple announced in early August that it would introduce the new capability in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey. These features, per Apple, are “intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them and the help limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)”.

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