Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac software updates planned for the fall will include an unlikely new feature. The tech giant revealed that it plans to add scanning software to its devices.
The new program, which Apple said is designed to “limit the spread of child sexual abuse material” is part of a new collaboration between the company and child safety experts.
Apple will be rolling out a number of safety measures such as “intervening” when users try to search for child abuse-related topics, warning parents and children about sending or receiving explicit images, and providing information on seeking support in unsafe environments.
Perhaps the most dramatic effort, though, is to identify child sexual abuse materials on the devices themselves, with a new technology that’ll detect these images in Apple’s photos app with the help of databases provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.