Apple said it would take more time to collect inputs and make improvements before releasing child safety features, a month after it said it would implement the system to check iPhones for images of abuse.
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More than 90 policy and rights groups around the world published an open letter on Thursday urging Apple to abandon plans for scanning for objectionable material on users’ iPhones.
Apple has warned retail and online sales staff to be ready to field questions from consumers about the company’s upcoming features for limiting the spread of child abuse images.
A backlash over Apple’s move to scan customer phones and computers for child abuse images has grown to include employees speaking out internally, a notable turn in a company famed for its secretive culture.
Apple will roll out a system for checking photos for child abuse imagery on a country-by-country basis, depending on local laws, the company said.
Apple said its system has an error rate of “less than one in a trillion” per year and that it protects user privacy.
Zoom has agreed to pay $85-million and bolster its security practices to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated users’ privacy rights by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn.