Apple Delays Rollout of Controversial Child Safety Features

Apple will delay the rollout of the Child Safety Features that it announced last month following negative feedback, the company has today announced.

The features, which include scanning users’ iCloud Photos libraries for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), will be delayed so that Apple can take additional time to make improvements.

Apple confirmed that the feedback from customers, various non-profit and advocacy groups, security researchers, and others, prompted the delay.

Apple has issued the following statement about its decision:

Last month we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material. Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features.

The suite of Child Safety Features were originally set to debut in the United States with the launch of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey later this year.

Apple’s Child Safety Features attracted criticism from a wide range of individuals, including security researchers, non-profit organizations, and a vocal number of Apple customers, particularly with regards to the scanning of users’ photos libraries.

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