Apple to scan all iPhone messages for NUDITY in crackdown on child sex abuse imagery

A NEW feature to protect kids from receiving nudes is set to appear in the latest iPhone update.

It works by scanning Messages for possible naked shots and blurring them from sight.

Apple announced the paedo preventing idea earlier this year but delayed it after an outcry about privacy.

The feature analyses Messages of accounts belonging to children.

Picture attachments suspected of containing nudity are blurred and appear with a warning.

The user can then choose to reveal the photos if they want to.

If the child attempts to send their own nude pictures, that too will appear blurred.

A button allowing them to contact their parents within Messages about possible pervs will also be shown.

Parents have to set it up as a family-sharing account for it to work though.

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But the tech giant has pared down its plan, which originally included a controversial scanner to catch out child sex abuse imagery on iCloud accounts.

It was designed to automatically screen pictures uploaded to Apple's cloud storage service and match them against sex abuse content already known by authorities.

Despite the company's good intentions, it was met with concerns about privacy and fears governments could use it to snoop on people.

Apple backed down and decided to delay it to "make improvements".

Other features expected to arrive in iOS 15.02 include extra camera options and a new privacy report showing what data has been accessed by apps.

The new version of iOS is still in testing and predicted to drop sometime later in December.

In other news, a groundbreaking new face mask that can detect the presence of Covid-19 has been developed by scientists in Japan.

A warning has been issued to Microsoft users after a new vulnerability was discovered that leaves them exposed to hackers.

And Apple, Cloudflare and Minecraft could be at risk from a "critical" security flaw, experts have warned.

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