Apple’s Child-Protection Features and the Question of Who Controls Our Smartphones

Aug 15, 2021

Apple’s Software Chief Explains ‘Misunderstood’ iPhone Child-Protection Features (Exclusive) Video
Apple’s tools for flagging child pornography and identifying explicit photos in kids’ messages caused backlash and confusion. In an exclusive interview, Apple software chief Craig Federighi sat down with WSJ’s Joanna Stern to defend the technology and explain how it will work. Illustration: Laura Kammermann/The Wall Street Journal
“Is Apple going to see the nudes on my phone?”
“Is Apple going to mistake my newborn in the bathtub for child pornography?”
“Is Apple scanning all my messages and photos?”
It certainly wasn’t an average week in tech questions from my friends and family. And I don’t blame them for the freakout. Apple’s announcement last week of two distinct child-protection measures for iOS confused—and creeped out—even the most tech savvy.
For those catching up: One initiative is software intended to identify child pornography—also known as “child sexual abuse material”—when it is stored using Apple’s iCloud Photos. The other is a parental control enabling iPhones, iPads and Macs to blur out sexually explicit photos …Read more


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