Apple is expanding its iPhone Communication Safety feature to more countries as part of the Safer Internet Day.
The company says that it is expanding the use of the feature to new countries following recent expansion to France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
The feature was already available in U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
Apple’s Communication Safety feature is designed to help ensure that kids don’t see material that they shouldn’t while also maintaining their privacy.
The Communication Safety features look at image attachments and try to decide “if a photo contains nudity, while maintaining the end-to-end encryption of the messages.” The feature will then ensure that “indication of the detection of nudity ever leaves the device,” ensuring privacy.
Apple never sees the messages and no notifications are sent to parents. However, photos that contain nudity are blurred initially and the child is warned of what they are about to see. Apple also provides resources at the time of message blurring to help out, while also giving the option for them to ask for help if they choose to.
Apple had previously confirmed that it is no longer following through with controversial Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) plans that would have seen all images stored in iCloud Photos be scanned for known CSAM content.
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