Last Thursday, Apple announced that their iPhone technology will now be able to find child sex abuse picture content with customer devices in the United States. Apple's new technology in regards to tracking photos of that nature is defined as CSAM – child sexual abuse material.
Before a photo is uploaded to iCloud, the new iPhone technology will be able to scan the said image to see if it matches CSAM criteria. If so, it will be passed on to a human reviewer and reported to local law enforcement.
According to BBC, the new iPhone technology also works by comparing photos to a database of known sexual abuse pictures collected from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and other child safety organizations.
Despite this, however, Apple's new technology has drawn criticism as people worry about privacy concerns. Experts fear the new technology will be later used to track political speech, personal content, and even to spy on a country's residents.
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