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iCloud logo illustrated on an iPhone. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Apple announced on Friday that it would delay its plan to scan iPhone users' libraries for images of child sex abuse.

Why it matters: The delay is an acknowledgment of the privacy concerns brought up when the program was first announced last month.

Background: Apple announced the program to scan for child sex abuse material imagery on August 5th.

  • The system would use "cryptographic hashes" to detect illegal images, and if enough images were detected for a user it would be turned over to law enforcement per Axios' Scott Rosenberg.
    • Apple said that the error rate would be "one in a one trillion" per a Q&A Apple released earlier this month.

Driving the news: While the decision was applauded by child safety organizations, many online privacy organizations were concerned that this technology could be used in a way that violates a user's privacy, per Axios' Scott Rosenberg.

What they're saying: "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features,” Apple said in a statement this morning.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 19, 2021 - Technology

Apple's latest MacBook Pros add new chips

Photo: Apple

The new MacBook Pros unveiled Monday don't just feature all-new Apple-designed chips, but also bring back a bunch of much beloved features not found in recent years, including a card slot, MagSafe magnetic power cord and physical function keys.

Why it matters: The return of these features addresses shortcomings that were especially nagging on laptops costing $2,000 and up, though they weren't necessarily deal breakers. Plus, it shows that Apple is willing to listen to customers — eventually.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.

2 hours ago - Health

White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5-11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies, to administer the shots.

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