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Apple over the summer announced new Child Safety features that are aimed at keeping children safer online. Apple has confirmed that one of those features, Communication Safety in Messages, has been enabled in the second beta of iOS 15.2 that was released today, after hints of it appeared in the first beta. Note that Communication Safety is not the same as the controversial anti-CSAM feature that Apple plans to implement in the future after revisions.

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Communication Safety is a Family Sharing feature that can be enabled by parents, and it is opt-in rather than activated by default. When turned on, the Messages app is able to detect nudity in images that are sent or received by children. If a child receives or attempts to send a photo with nudity, the image will be blurred and the child will be warned about the content, told it's okay not to view the photo, and offered resources to contact someone they trust for help.

When Communication Safety was first announced, Apple said that parents of children under the age of 13 had the option to receive a notification if the child viewed a nude image in Messages, but after receiving feedback, Apple has removed this feature. Apple now says that no notifications are sent to parents.

Apple removed the notification option because it was suggested that parental notification could pose a risk for a child in a situation where there is parental violence or abuse. For all children, including those under the age of 13, Apple will instead offer guidance on getting help from a trusted adult in a situation where nude photos are involved.

Checking for nudity in photos is done on-device, with Messages analyzing image attachments. The feature does not impact the end-to-end encryption of messages, and no indication of the detection of nudity leaves the device. Apple has no access to the Messages.

In addition to introducing Communication Safety, Apple later this year plans to expand Siri and Search with resources that will help children and parents avoid unsafe situations online. Users who ask Siri how to report child exploitation, for example, will receive information on how to file a report.

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If an Apple device user performs a search related to child exploitation, Siri and Search will explain that interest in the topic is harmful, providing resources for users to get help with the issue.

Apple in September promised to overhaul Communication Safety after hearing feedback from customers, advocacy groups, and researchers before implementing the feature, which is where the changes introduced today stem from.

Communication Safety is available in a beta capacity at the current time, and there's no word yet on when iOS 15.2 will see an official release. We're only at the second beta, so it still may be some time before launch.



Article Link: iOS 15.2 Beta Adds Messages Communication Safety Feature for Kids
 
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TheYayAreaLiving 🎗

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Yuck! CSAM. First wave of Roll Out, Watch! Don’t let Apple use the word “Kids” as an excuse. This is CSAM. It’s all related, connected.

Is there a way to disable this feature? Or is it set by default by Apple?

SMH!


Update: 11:24AM PST.

So many disagreements… you guys don’t play around here. It's a tough crowd!

If this is all true… then this is a good addition. CSAM is way more controversial, honestly. I hope it is not connected to CSAM.
 
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TheYayAreaLiving 🎗

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Checking for nudity in photos is done on-device, with Messages analyzing image attachments. The feature does not impact the end-to-end encryption of messages, and no indication of the detection of nudity leaves the device. Apple has no access to the Messages.
After updating to iOS 15.2 Don’t be sending nudes. ?‍♀️
 

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Eorlas

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After updating to iOS 15.2 Don’t be sending nudes. ?‍♀️

this feature is an explicitly opt-in only for parents on their kids' devices.

i don't know how you get to this passive aggressive stance when the very clear use-case is to target the prevention of nudity being sent to/from minors, something that is a clear felony in the US, even if the subject material is an image of the sender themselves.

do you somehow have an issue with that?
 

Cosmosent

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I predict that there will be a rush of App Updates, targeting iOS 15.1, as many, me included, believe many Apple consumers won't go past iOS 15.1 !

And, if Apple doesn't provide assurance that new iPhones won't include iOS 15.2, iPhone Unit Sales will "stall-out" considerably !

Make NO mistake, a Death Blow to iPhone Unit Sales is coming !
 

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Make NO mistake, at some point, Apple will flip the switch & reverse it !

They will do it in the dead of night, when nobody is paying attention !
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