From September, French and German iPhone users will be able to activate a new kind of parental control in the Messages application. If a child receives a photo containing nudity, a message will warn them of the dangers and suggest that they notify their parents.

After the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, it is France and Germany’s turn to be entitled to the new advanced parental controls for iPhones, iPads and Macs. From September, by downloading iOS 16, iPadOS 16 or macOS Ventura, it will be possible for a parent to activate a function called “Messages communication security”. This setting will allow the device to identify the presence of nudity in a photo in order to block its display and to instruct the child on the risks he incurs.

Peaks, it’s over

How will this new function of iOS 16 work? It will be reserved for people who have activated Family Sharing in iCloud. In the “Screen Time” settings, a parent can activate the option for their child, who will not have their opinion to give on the matter.

Then, each time a child receives a photo, an artificial intelligence will identify its content locally. No information will be transmitted to Apple’s servers, which will never know who received nudes. Remember that iMessage is an encrypted messaging solution.

If nudity or is detected, Apple will blur the image. You will have to click on “See the photo” to access a first menu alerting you to the danger of this type of image, then a second offering to see it, alert your parents or give up. Apple has chosen not to automatically “report” a child to his family to protect him. This decision was taken following discussions with associations.

Conversely, Apple will also try to block the sending of nudes, explaining to the child why this practice is dangerous. In the end, he will always have the last word. If he still wishes to see/send a prohibited image, the user can do so. Apple will not interfere with the freedom of use of users of its devices.

A limitation to the Messages app

If we must welcome the addition of this new functions, we can however regret two elements:

  • It will be imperative to be on iOS 16, iPadOS 16 or macOS Ventura to take advantage of the function in France, while it works with iOS 15 in other countries. It doesn’t look like Apple, and that’s a shame.
  • Messages received in other applications will not be filtered, although it is technically possible. At first, Apple chose to reserve its function for Messages.

How can this limitation be justified? In 2021, Apple caused controversy by offering a function capable of scanning an iPhone’s photo library to detect child . The brand had given up on it to protect the privacy of its users and is probably very cautious on the subject, such a function extended to all applications should not shock again.

Along with parental controls for Messages, Apple will teach Siri, Spotlight and Safari to answer questions about children. If you ask in French how to report child abuse, Apple will be able to answer you.

All of these new features will be available this fall with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. Beta 4 of these operating systems deploy it in advance for testers.

With iOS 16, the function of blurring sexually explicit photos of Messages will be activated in France

In France, testers of beta 4 of iOS 16 and macOS Ventura available for a few minutes will in turn be able to activate the function of blurring sexually explicit photos in Messages.

This had been extended to new countries last April, so this time it is the turn of France and Germany to be entitled to it. It can be used on the iPhones, iPads and Macs of children who are part of Family Sharing. Parents will be able to enable it in the system settings.

Upon receiving a sexually explicit image or video, Messages automatically blurs it, so much so that it’s impossible to guess what’s going on. The user still has the possibility to see it, but he will have to give his consent in an information panel.

iOS 16 will activate in France the blurring of photos containing nudity on iMessage

This blurring of sexually explicit photos will mainly concern the iPhones of children who are part of Family Sharing with iCloud. Parents will be able to activate an option that blurs content with nudity. Kids will technically be able to open the content to see it in the clear, but they’ll have two alerts popping up to let them know and give details.

In the opposite direction, the Messages application will dissuade the child from sending content including nudity, explaining to him that this practice can be dangerous. But on arrival, the youngster will always have the last word. It should be understood by this that he will be able to do what is necessary to send the content, Apple will not block it.

It is worth noting that the analysis of the image to know whether or not there is nudity is done locally. Nothing is sent to Apple’s servers, everything is processed directly by the iPhone, iPad or Mac. It’s a way to have a better respect for privacy.

Apple told Numerama that the feature will arrive in September on iPhone, iPad and Mac with iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Note that the system works with other countries on iOS 15. But to have it in France, you will need iOS 16.

This blurring of sexually explicit photos will mainly concern the iPhones of children who are part of Family Sharing with iCloud. Parents will be able to activate an option that blurs content with nudity. Kids will technically be able to open the content to see it in the clear, but they’ll have two alerts popping up to let them know and give details.

In the opposite direction, the Messages application will dissuade the child from sending content including nudity, explaining to him that this practice can be dangerous. But on arrival, the youngster will always have the last word. It should be understood by this that he will be able to do what is necessary to send the content, Apple will not block it.

It is worth noting that the analysis of the image to know whether or not there is nudity is done locally. Nothing is sent to Apple’s servers, everything is processed directly by the iPhone, iPad or Mac. It’s a way to have a better respect for privacy.

Apple told Numerama that the feature will arrive in September on iPhone, iPad and Mac with iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Note that the system works with other countries on iOS 15. But to have it in France, you will need iOS 16.

Fourth beta for macOS Ventura

After the third beta for developers and the first public beta, Apple continues the development cycle of macOS Ventura by delivering beta 4 of the future Mac operating system tonight.

After a slightly longer wait than expected (three weeks all the same!), the fourth beta of iOS 16 is finally available this evening for developers. For the moment, we do not yet know the novelties, but the time to install this new iteration, and we will not fail to detail them in the evening.

Normally this version should enable the fquoting sexually oriented photos in Message. Last year, Cupertino presented new functions aimed at protecting children and preventing any kind of abuse or attacks by sexual predators (Child Sexual Abuse Material -CSAM). Broadly, it was features on its platforms aimed at protecting children, including a system capable of detecting child content in iCloud while maintaining user privacy. These included three domains (iMessage, Siri, iCloud) and had not yet been deployed.

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