Technology behemoth Apple has revealed it will delay the rollout of its contentious new child pornography safety tools, accused by some of disrupting the confidentiality of its devices and services.

Apple cited the feedback from customers, human rights groups, researchers and others for the delay.

In a statement, the company said: “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,” the company said in a statement.

According to the company, new technology lets the software driving Apple mobile devices to match offensive photos on a user’s phone against a database of recognized child sex abuse pictures provided by safety firms, then highlight the pictures as they are uploaded to Apple’s online iCloud storage.

The system, whenever it is used, would be driven by a cryptographic technology to find if there is a match without divulging the result, unless the image was found to contain illustrations of child sexual abuse.

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