What you need to know
- Apple's new child safety features are sparking privacy debates within the company.
- Many Apple employees are expressing concerns about the technology being misused in the future.
Apple's new child safety features are not only receiving criticism from the outside but internally as well.
As reported by Reuters, employees within the company are raising concerns about the new features, which claim to protect children while still providing the privacy that Apple is known for. According to the report, an internal Slack channel dedicated to the new feature has received over 800 messages, many of them expressing concern about how the new features could be abused and expanded.
Emma Llanso, a project director at Center for Democracy and Technology, who has pushed back against Apple's new features, says that moving forward with the technology would undo years of privacy promises from the company.
Apple's new child safety features span across Messages, iCloud Photos, and Siri to detect Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The company's head of privacy recently sat down for an interview to assure customers that the new technology does not impact the privacy promises the company has made.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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